During the third International Organ-on-Chip Symposium, held on 8 and 9 November 2018 in Eindhoven, the European Organ-on-Chip Society (EUROoCS) was officially launched. The Society aims to encourage and develop Organ-on-Chip research towards a better health for everyone. Membership is open from 2019 to all researchers in the field, and gives access to the upcoming digital Organ-on-Chip platform and the future Journal of the Society.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB is coordinating the establishment of a European research network to promote organ-on-a-chip technology. Organ-on-a-chip systems enable the recapitulation of human organ tissues on a very small scale. They are regarded as a future alternative to animal models and as a technology with great potential for pharmaceutical research and personalized medicine. Since the development of organ-on-a-chip systems requires skills and expertise from various disciplines, the primary aim of the EUROoC network is the interdisciplinary training of young scientists.