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1st December 2018 – Novara, Italy: Giornate sul trapianto renale a Novara

The “Giornate sul trapianto renale a Novara” is a lecture series for healthcare professionals involved in renal transplantation, which aims at engaging with therapeutic and methodological advances,...
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16th November 2018 – Cremona, Italy: Le Sfide della Ricerca

The “Le Sfide della Ricerca” is a lecture series open to students and the general public in Cremona, Italy, which addresses some of the challenges of modern scientific research through the testimony...
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5th July 2018 - Berlin, Germany: Press conference on the Northern White Rhino

The scientific paper published  on Nature Communications has been presented to the public in a press conference held at Tierpark Berlin. The following experts attended the conference: Prof Dr...
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4th July 2018 - Northern White Rhino - Nature Communication publication

Northern White Rhinos (NWR) are functionally extinct, as only two females of this species are left on the planet. An international team of scientists has now successfully created hybrid embryos from...
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25th June 2019 – Berlin, Germany: The BioRescue Project to save the Northern White Rhino is financed with € 4.2 million


Today on June 25th, 2019, a joint press conference taking place in Berlin has announced the launch of the research project BioRescue for the rescue of the Northern White Rhino, which is threatened with extinction.

After the world first results published last year in Nature Communications in obtaining viable embryos and embryonic stem cell lines from the White Rhinoceros at Avantea laboratories, the German Government has decided to support the project for the rescue of the Northern White Rhinoceros with a grant of 4.2 million euro to the German Institutions involved (IZW and MDC).

The success of the initiative is dependent, as it has been for the production of the first embryos, on the collaboration of Avantea as a leading embryotechnology laboratory and other international institutions like Dwur Kralove Safari Park for access to the animals and Kyushu University (Japan) for germ cell differentiation. Avantea will  fund the initiative with its own resources and with donations received through its Foundation.

Oocytes of Northern White Rhino at Avantea’s laboratories.

Avantea will be a major player in the project by receiving oocytes from SW (Southern White) and NW females to produce more embryos for the embryo transfer trials and NWR pure bred embryos as well as the derivation of male embryonic stem cell lines. Somatic cell nuclear transfer will also be evaluated using oocytes of different species and somatic cells of NWR.

The two remaining females: Najin e Fatu

The situation for the Northern White Rhino is particularly critical: after the death of the last bull, Sudan, in March 2018, only two females remain: Najin and Fatu. They live in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Avantea will continue to provide its world leading expertise in reproductive biotechnologies as a key contribution to help safeguard the future of the Northern White Rhinoceros. 

See the accompanying press release and the invitation to the press conference.