Pharma and biotech companies

Source: Wikimedia Commons/Sarah Fleming

Source: Wikimedia Commons/Sarah Fleming

On this page you find information I have so far collected about ASX listed pharma and biotech companies and their use of animals. It includes publicly available material, for example on the ASX website and company websites, and information that companies have provided to me.

Between January and November 2014, I contacted 117 ASX listed companies in the industry sectors Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Health Care Equipment & Services, and Household & Personal Products.

I emailed the media or investment contacts I found on companies’ websites and asked three questions:

  • Does your company conduct or commission research that involves animals?
  • If so, to what extent does your company adhere to the 3R’s principle (reduction, refinement and replacement)?
  • Does your company allocate any funding toward the development and validation of non-animal research methods?

Thirty-nine (39) companies responded to my questions. Of these, 22 advised that they do not – directly or indirectly – use animals as part of their research for the benefit of humans (one of these companies uses non-invasive animal research for the benefit of animals). Three companies indicated a policy of non-disclosure. The others pointed to regulatory requirements for animal research. While, to my knowledge there is no regulatory requirement for animal testing in Australia, companies operate in a global environment. For example, the U.S. FDA requires animal testing for medical products.

Below is a list of the companies that responded to my questions:

Acrux Limited (ACR)

Admedus Limited (AHZ)

Agenix Limited (AGX)

Ansell Limited (ANN)

Anteo Diagnostics Limited (ADO) — No animal testing

Antisense Therapeutics Limited (ANP)

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (API) — No animal testing

Azure Healthcare Limited (AZV) – No animal testing

Bioprospect Limited (BPO)

Brain Resource Limited (BRC) – No animal testing

Cogstate Limited (CGS) – No animal testing. This company allocate funding toward the development and validation of non-animal research methods.

Compumedics Limited (CMP) – No animal testing

CSL Limited (CSL)

Cynata Therapeutics Limited (CYP)

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited (FPH) — This company allocates funding toward the development and validation of non-animal research methods

Genera Biosystems Limited (GBI) – No animal testing.

Genetic Technologies Limited (GTG) – No animal testing.

Icsglobal (ICS) No animal testing.

Impedimed Limited (IPD) — No animal testing.

Innate Immunotherapies Limited (IIL) – This company develops non-animal methods for testing.

LBT Innovations Limited (LBT) – No animal testing.

Novogen Limited (NRT)

OBJ Limited (OBJ) – No animal testing. This company allocates resources toward testing models using non-animal biomaterials.

OncoSil Medical Limited (OSL) — No animal testing.

Patrys Limited

Pental Limited (PTL) – No animal testing.

Phosphagenics Limited (POH) – This company has developed several cell-based non-animal drug screening methods.

Ramsay Health Care Limited (RHC) – No animal testing.

Regeneus Limited (RGS) – This company uses testing on animals that are naturally suffering from the disease. It has “a number of research projects aimed at developing assays that can be used instead of animal research methods”.

Resmed Inc (RMD) — No testing on products, but limited biocompatibility testing on materials.

Resonance Health Limited (RHT) – No animal testing.

Rhinomed Limited (RNO) – No animal testing.

Sonic Healthcare Limited (SHL) – No animal testing.

Suda Ltd (SUD) – This company conducts animal testing, but has “developed a number of in vitro tests that now replace the use of animals in some studies”.

Summerset Group Holdings Limited (SNZ) – No animal testing.

Sun Biomedical Limited (SBN) – No animal testing.

Tissue Therapies Limited (TIS)

USCOM Limited (UCM) – No animal testing. This company develops non-animal methods.

Virtus Health Limited (VRT) — No animal testing. This company allocates resources toward the development and validation of non-animal research methods.

 

The companies were contacted via email or their website between 31/01/2014 and 23/11/2014. I’d like to thank them for taking the time to respond.

For further information, here is a list of all companies I contacted and details of the responses received (MS Excel file, 56 KB).

This page was last updated on 3 December 2014.

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