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.

Nathalie Belot

EU Project Manager
Holding a PhD in Medical Biology (Brussels, Belgium), Dr Belot has more than 15 years expertise in in vitro toxicology testing. She’s now Altertox EU Project Manager, organizing trainings to promote the use of alternatives to animal tests.

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.

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

Matteo Piumatti

EU Project Manager
Matteo holds a PhD in neuroscience with a focus on human stem cells and human brain development. He is involved in science communication activities since 2017 in Pint of Science Belgium. He works as EU Project Manager at Altertox, taking care of the communication and dissemination of European projects. He will also develop the upcoming Altertox Twitch/Youtube channel!

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.

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

Emmanuelle Viré

Chief Operating Officer
Dr Viré has 20 years experience in epigenetics, rare diseases, and stakeholders engagement (ULB-Brussels, Cambridge UK, UCL-London).
Emmanuelle is an advocate for change (she was an Advisor for eLife) and set up new initiatives to address challenges faced by the scientific community. 
Since June 2023, Emmanuelle is Altertox’s Chief Operating Officer.