It's happening! After months of planning and fundraising, we've decided to take the plunge: the last animal study of Vasalgel before human trials. Thanks to 836 generous Vasalgel supporters, $28,136 has been raised for the baboon study study so far. Even though we have not quite reached our goal of $60,000, we have enough to get the study started and will continue to raise funds over the next few months.
Vasalgel's science team has carefully planned every step of the 6-month baboon study. The selection process for the baboons has just started, which includes an extensive review of their history and health. The seven baboons selected for the study will get Vasalgel January 13 and 14, and their sperm counts will be tracked. Later, several of them will have the Vasalgel flushed from their system, and a return to normal sperm flow is expected. Extensive health monitoring will take place throughout the study.
The baboon study is necessary to show safety and efficacy of Vasalgel before clinical trials with humans. The aim is first human trial next year, with a larger trial the year after. But we take the welfare of animals seriously! That is why we sought out a site where the baboons could live outside in large social groups during the study and where they will continue to live after the study is complete. For more about what we're doing to try to change the system and animal care standards from within, see animal welfare
If you think it's worth paying a little extra to treat the animals right, please help support the baboon study! Even $5 or $10 shows your support. Donation link below.