Gilead Science praised for chimp-free research

Gilead Sciences of Foster City, the Bay Area’s top biotech company, has won a big cheer from an animal rights group for its promise not to use chimpanzees in its research in this country.

The Humane Society of the United States, which announced Gilead’s decision, said it had submitted a shareholder proposal in November seeking the promise, citing  Gilead’s past  use of chimps to test a hepatitis treatment.

The organization said the company responded by noting that it wasn’t currently using the animals in research and wouldn’t do so in the future.

In a news release thanking Gilead, the Humane Society said GlaxoSmithKline, Idenix Pharmaceuticals and Novo Nordisk are among several other drug makers that have agreed not to use chimps in research.

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