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The EUPRIM-Net Project

WP5: Outreach Programme – International Affairs and Industry Cooperation

International Cooperation

Acknowledging that research with primates and issues of primate breeding and keeping are of paramount
international importance EUPRIM-Net has established a comprehensive exchange programme between important
key players in primate research from the USA, Asia (China and Japan), Africa (Kenya), Australia and other
suitable partners not yet identified with a substantial interest in a co-operation with EUPRIM-Net.

EUPRIM-Net aims to offer a platform of international collaborations linking the centres’ expertise in all relevant
areas and resulting in manifold benefits for all participating centres, including EUPRIM-Net.

We will dedicate a considerable portion of this WP to the concerted development of the “International Plan for
the Production of Non-human Primates and their Use in Research and Testing” (International Primate Plan; IPP)
that is currently developed under the leadership of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) of The
National Academies in the US. This plan will serve to guide the development of a web-based resource for the international community to coordinate efforts in the breeding, use, characterisation and conservation of NHP. EUPRIM-Net has already participated in the preparatory workshop for the IPP. This involvement shall be substantially expanded to ensure that the IPP adequately addresses the international sharing of resources.

Co-operation with industrial/commercial partners

In addition to primate centres functioning as public bodies several commercial companies use primates to an
extensive degree and thus should be involved in the ongoing discussion and development of the use of primate
for research and other purposes. In EUPRIM-Net II we will intensify the collaboration with these industrial
partners to exchange and learn from the industry’s experience as well as let them participate in the activities of
EUPRIM-Net. To initiate this cooperation three commercial partners from Europe (among them one SME) and
China have been identified for being integrated in the activities and to start mutual discussions and exchange.
Additional interested companies (some of which we are already in contact with) will have the possibility to join
these activities during the runtime of the project.