British American Tobacco’s (BAT) Group Research & Development (GR&D) Centre has become the newest member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS). “We rely on the expertise of our panel members to help determine the direction and focus of our scientific activities,” said Dr. Rodger Curren, President of IIVS. “As companies such as BAT dedicate significant resources to the implementation and use of alternative methods, we assist them in evaluating the technology and introducing these methods to the regulatory community.” “We fully support the development and application of in vitro methods as alternatives to limit the use of in vivo studies,” said Dr. Marianna Gaca, BAT’s IIVS Scientific Advisory Panel representative. “ We hope the in vitro models we are developing will help facilitate the understanding of the biological effects of tobacco smoke and, in the future, help support the assessment of conventional and modified risk tobacco products,” she said. To read the entire press release, open the document above.