Steinbeis Transfer Center CAAT-Europe at Konstanz University


  • Consultancy for life sciences and human well-being
  • Organization and management of collaborative projects involving governmental authorities, industry, NGOs and academia
  • Organization of scientific think tanks, workshops, symposia, exhibitions, public-expert consultations and conferences
  • Quality assurance within multidisciplinary projects
  • Communication, dissemination, public relations and networking
  • Technology assessment
  • Knowledge sourcing and synergy identification
  • Project result exploitation

Key Areas

  • Consumer protection, human health
  • Animal-free test methods and systems toxicology
  • 3Rs (refinement, reduction, replacement)
  • Communication and training activities of consortia
  • Development of toxicologiocal testing strategies

Project Examples

  • “State-of-the-art of 3D cultures (organs-on-a-chip) in safety testing and pathophysiology”; this think tank sourced expert knowledge for the description of advantages and disadvantages of 3D-models compared with 2-D models, for addressing the applicability of 3D cultures and engineered tissues for human studies, for identification of functional readout measures for toxicological purposes involving organotypic cultures and for evaluation of 3D-cell cultures as tools for pathway mapping purposes. DOI: 10.14573/altex1406111
  • “A roadmap for the development of alternative (non-animal) methods for systemic toxicity testing”; this think tank involved over 35 renowned international experts who cooperated to address and evaluate the strategies for the development and assessment of scientific alternatives to animal testing for the assessment of systemic and chronic toxicity. DOI: 10.14573/altex.2012.1.003
  • “A roadmap for hazard monitoring and risk assessment of marine biotoxins on the basis of chemical and biological test systems”; this workshop aimed to identify in vitro systems with relevant end-points for risk assessment of toxins in aquatic food, which can be adapted to  high-throughput systems. Such systems could complement LC-MS analysis to allow a confident prediction on the safety of aquatic food to protect consumer health. DOI: 10.14573/altex.2013.4.487
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Universitätstr.10, D-78457 Konstanz
Phone: +49 7531 882233
Fax: +49 7531 884156
Management: Prof. Dr. Marcel Leist
(Stand: 09/05/2023)

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