NEOSETAC recently organized a secondment program for Prof Manuel Valiente and Prof. Maria Jesus Sanchez from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Innsbruck, Austria. This secondment was a month-long experience of collaboration with the ASDI. ADSI was founded in 2012 as a research enterprise of the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck (LFU) and offers contract services for companies and academic research institutes in drug development, phytoplasma, dietary supplements, Phyto cosmetics, nutrition and related industries.
The ADSI was initiated by the analytical chemist Prof. Dr Günther K. Bonn, Head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, University of Innsbruck, and by the cell biologist and physician Prof. Dr Lukas A. Huber, Head of the Cell Biology Division at the Medical University of Innsbruck. Both Prof. Bonn and Prof. Huber are the scientific directors of the ADSI.
The ADSI employs about 25 persons, mainly highly qualified scientists. The institute has a state-of-the-art high-tech infrastructure for analytical chemistry and High-content drug screening. It became an integral part of the Austrian research landscape and works closely with numerous universities and research institutions and industrial partners in Austria and abroad.

Prof Manuel Valiente and Dr Maria Jesus Sanchez had the opportunity to work with ASDI and participate in several research projects that involved collaboration between academia and industry. They gained hands-on experience in joint international research projects and learned the best practices in this field.

NEOSETAC’s secondment program provided an opportunity to build bridges between academia and industry and to promote knowledge exchange and professional development among toxicology professionals. The program aimed to enhance the participants’ skills and competencies and to broaden their research horizons by exposing them to diverse research environments and methodologies.

The success of this secondment program highlights the importance of collaboration and knowledge exchange between academia and industry. Such collaborations can lead to developing innovative solutions and products and benefit society as a whole. NEOSETAC’s commitment to fostering the development and education of toxicology professionals through such programs is a valuable contribution to the field.