The Innovative Testing in Life Sciences and Chemistry research group was launched in 2008 under two part-time lecturers: Dr Raymond Pieters and Dr Cyrille Krul. The group now counts 20 people and it works closely with the Bachelor’s programmes in the Institute for Life Sciences and Chemistry of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, where the INT is also located. The research being carried out by the group focuses on the development, optimization and validation of non-animal methods for testing the safety and efficacy of substances. Ongoing and completed projects are being or have been completed at the regional, national and international levels. The research group has an extensive network in the Utrecht region and beyond, and it works closely with academia, SMEs, the business community and research institutes.
Members of the research team have considerable expertise in the fields of biology and medical laboratory research. The group consists of post-docs, analysts, lecturers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and administrative support, and it is well equipped to carry out large projects and answer complex (applied) research questions. We focus mainly on the applicability of our research, but we do not shy away from fundamental research either.
The laboratory of the research group is currently housed in the former eye hospital, the 'Ooglijdersgasthuis' in Utrecht. In mid-2015, the laboratory moved to De Uithof at Heidelberglaan 7 in Utrecht.