CRACK IT supports the development of marketable products and improved business processes with 3Rs benefits.
The pharmaceutical, chemical and consumer products industries are increasingly seeking solutions from the academic and SME sectors for major challenges to their business. Often these challenges relate to the use of animals, for example the problem of predicting clinical efficacy and safety from nonclinical studies. The NC3Rs has responded to this with the launch of CRACK IT Challenges and CRACK IT Solutions which link big business, academia and the SME sector.
CRACK IT Challenges: A competition that funds collaborations between industry, academics and SMEs to solve scientific and business challenges involving animals. There are benefits for all participants; industry gets access to scientific and technological innovations emerging from the science base and an end product which meets their needs; academics have a pathway for exploiting their research; and SMEs are provided with a ready-made market.
CRACK IT Solutions: A technology partnering hub designed to accelerate the translation of technologies with potential 3Rs impacts (referred to as 'Solutions') out of the science base and into application to maximise the scientific and commercial benefits. The hub showcases Solutions helping to identify new partners and customers to use, develop and validate the technology.