New data presented at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting (SOT) have demonstrated the potential of two different heat-not-burn tobacco products and e-cigarettes to reduce the risk of smoking-related diseases, in comparison to continued use of conventional cigarettes. One of those studies was by IIVS , in collaboration with PMI, that evaluated the reproducibility of three new in vitro assays. The study found that these non-animal test systems may provide may provide consistent human-relevant data corresponding to key events involved in respiratory disease. A further in vitro methodology using human bronchial epithelial cells was used in a study assessing the effects of THS 2.2 aerosol and CS.5
“The multi-lab comparison of these non-animal systems paves the way for more robust and meaningful strategies for toxicity testing,” said Dr. Holger Behrsing, Principal Scientist, IIVS. “They allow us to generate human-relevant data that will be of interest not just to industry and research scientists, but also to regulatory bodies. In order to develop these assays and ensure they reach their fullest potential, collaboration is key. Working with PMI and a range of different laboratories has allowed us to leverage expertise across the field and demonstrate the reproducibility of our findings. In the spirit of open science, we hope that this will open the door to further collaborations in the investigation, development, and validation of novel in vitro systems.”
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