Founded in 2012 in Brussels, Altertox is a SME active in promoting alternatives to animal testing in toxicology and 3RS (Replace, Reduce, Refine).
Based on its strong expertise in in vitro/in silico methods with the up-to-date methods and the best experts, Altertox has developed a large portfolio in the area of alternatives to animal testing.

Over the year, a tight and powerful network was built with the partners, stakeholders and clients – aiming all together to better science.

To make people better scientists by continuous education and access to the last updates regarding in vitro/in silico method development using several pillars:

  • Organization of hands-on training, webinarMaster Class or Skill4science trainings with the best experts  
  • Organization of Congress
  • European lab tour to discover specific methods (“à la carte” training) 
  • EU calls focused on in vitro toxicology (communication and dissemination of results) 
  • Public affairs 
  • Business analysis and guided advice on alternative methods consolidation for European stakeholders 
  • Implication in research projects on compliance of Member states on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes
  • Creation of a community sharing same values through blogs, lunchtalks and posts 

our team

François Busquet

Founder & CEO
Dr. Busquet is a French toxicologist with a PhD in Life Sciences (TU Dresden, Germany; 2008) and a Master Degree of Sciences in Biotechnology (ENSTBB, France; 2003).

He founded ALTERTOX in 2012.

Nancy Van Overstraeten

Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Van Overstraeten is a chemical bio-engineer who holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Her primary objective is to improve healthcare through technology. She has a career of more than 20 years, reflecting her commitment to innovation, healthcare advancements, and transformational leadership. 

Aurélia Boige

Communication & Design Manager
Aurélia joined the Altertox Academy team in January 2018 as the Graphic Designer and Web Master.
She is mainly responsible for all graphic productions such as ALTERTOX’s visual identity, flyers, newsletter, booklets and programs.

Valentin Salamone

Project Manager
Holding a master’s degree in Ethics, economics and society (CEERE, Strasbourg), Valentin Salamone has specialized in the field of animal ethics by targeting the regulation and use of animals in Research. He is now in charge of training for Altertox, coordinating the training

Leonie Mueller

Policy officer
Holding a PhD in biology (RWTH Aachen University), Dr. Leonie Mueller specialized in ecotoxicology and focuses on the development and improvement of alternative test methods in the context of environmental risk assessment of chemicals. She joined Altertox in September 2021 to support policy activities

Mario Cecilia

Communications Officer
Mario has B.A. on English Literature and Linguistics and has an extensive background working on communications within the non-profit sector, especially on animal welfare.

He is in charge of producing audio-visual material for Altertox. 

Carme Pizà Juan-Muns

Social media Manager
Carme holds a Journalism degree and joined Altertox in May 2023 as a Social Media Manager. She is in charge of Altertox social media channels, the website and graphic design for social media.

Àmina El Mnajed

Business Developer
Àmina has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and she joined Altertox in February 2024 to do an internship as a business developer, focusing on the TATAbox product.