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1st-4th October 2017 – Salt Lake City, USA: 14th Transgenic Technology Meeting

The 14th Transgenic Technology Meeting (TT2017) was held in Salt Lake City (Utah-US; 1-4 October , 2017),  sponsored by the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT). During the...
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20th-25th September 2017 – Baltimore, USA: International Xenotransplantation Association and Swine in Biomedical Research Conference

The 6th Swine in Biomedical Research Conference (SBR) was held in conjunction with the 14th Congress of the International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA) in Baltimore between the 20th and 25th...
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8th-9th September 2017 - Prof. Cesare Galli receives the AETE Pioneer Award

During the 33rd annual convention of the European Embryo Technologies Association (AETE), Prof. Cesare Galli, founder and director of Avantea in Cremona, was honored with the prestigious AETE Pioneer...
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17th-18th May 2017 - Cremona: TransLink Project Meeting

On the 17th and 18th of May 2017, Avantea has hosted the TRANSLINK project’s general meeting at the Chamber of Commerce in Cremona. TRANSLINK is a project funded by the European Commission under the...
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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.