Transinsight Press Release
BASF and Transinsight agree to collaborate in exploring alternatives to
Ludwigshafen / Dresden, Germany, 11 July 2008
BASF SE and Transinsight GmbH, a provider of semantic search technologies for Web 2.0, have
agreed to establish close cooperation in the area of semantic analyses to search for alternatives to
animal testing. Together with the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (Bundesinstitut für
Risikobewertung BfR), both companies will expand the first specialized semantic search engine for
this research area called www.Go3R.org to become a global internet platform. In the future, experts
from all over the world will be able to use this platform to bring together their knowledge on alternative
and supplementary methods to animal testing.
For over 20 years, BASF has been committed to establishing alternative and supplementary methods.
Since 2004, the company has been developing and validating alternatives to animal testing in its own
alternatives laboratory with a research budget of 2 million euros per year. Even now alternative
methods are employed in 25 percent of all the company’s tests. “We are striving to increase this
proportion. Transinsight’s semantic search supports us in this endeavour. With the help of this highly
promising technology, we – just like any other potential user – can browse the internet, internal
sources, patents and specialized databases much more efficiently than before when searching for
information on meaningful approaches to new alternative methods”, explains Dr Robert Landsiedel,
Head of the Short Term Toxicology Department at BASF.
Transinsight’s semantic search engine also finds related terms and web pages that are relevant for the
respective search term and thus provides considerably more accurate and comprehensive search
results than conventional full text search engines. “Go3R will make a tremendous contribution to