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May 2, 2013

CeeTox, Inc., a Leader in Safety Testing Without Animals, Wins The Humane Society of the United States Award for Corporate Progress

  • CeeTox, Inc. develops cutting edge non-animal methods.

CeeTox, Inc. has been honored with the Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award by The Humane Society of the United States for its work to replace the use of animals in chemical testing. CeeTox, based in Kalamazoo, Mich., is a rapidly growing contract research organization specializing in methods to assess the safety of chemicals and drugs without the use of animals.

Andrew Rowan, chief scientific officer at The HSUS said: “CeeTox has become a world leader in the development of cutting edge non-animal methods and exemplifies the corporate approach that The Humane Society of the United States embraces. Thanks to the methods developed by CeeTox and other companies committed to non-animal chemical testing, we can look forward to a safer and more humane future.”

Chemicals sold as drugs and pesticides, as well as many household products and cosmetics currently undergo extensive animal testing to assess different types of toxicity. These animal tests involve the poisoning or chemical scarring of a large number of animals and ultimately provide results that often are not relevant to humans. 

CeeTox’s evaluation methods incorporate a unique approach that lead to improved prediction of human results. The CeeTox portfolio includes methods for replacing the use of animals to evaluate skin and eye irritation, skin allergies, acute and subchronic toxicity. CeeTox is also actively working with independent scientists and regulatory agencies in the United States, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and internationally, to adopt their methods to satisfy various regulations.

CeeTox President Tim Mitchell stated: “CeeTox is honored to be recognized for the work we do, especially by an organization as respected and admired as The Humane Society of the United States. We remain committed to developing new, innovative alternatives to animal testing and providing our clients with the best science and service possible.”

The HSUS created the Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Awards to acknowledge corporations, individual businesspeople, and other innovators and entrepreneurs for their contributions to the advancement of animal welfare, and to inspire others to include humane concern for animals as a core aspect of corporate social responsibility. The awards recognize the critical role the marketplace plays in addressing animal issues and reinforce The HSUS’ commitment to the integration of humane principles within business and industry. The awards are given in memory of Henry Spira (1927-1998), the pioneering animal advocate whose campaign strategies and tactics succeeded in persuading many major corporations to join with animal protectionists in pursuit of common interests.

Other companies that received the award for their work improving animal welfare in 2012 include Sodexo, Aramark, Burger King and Consumer Specialty Products Association.

Facts:

  • CeeTox, Inc. was founded in July of 2003 as a contract research organization focused on  in vitro toxicity and safety screening. Today, CeeTox serves the pharmaceutical, personal care and chemical industries performing safety of drug candidates, cosmetics, personal care products, agricultural chemicals and household chemicals.
  • In 2011, CeeTox was awarded a 5-year, $25 million per year contract from the U.S. EPA’s ToxCast™ Program for the testing of High Throughput Complex Cell Co-Culture Systems and will aid the EPA in prioritizing and testing thousands of compounds including “green” chemicals, food additives, industrial chemicals and chemicals used in cosmetics and consumer products.

Media Contact: Niki Ianni: 301-548-7793, nianni@humanesociety.org


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