SRI International, based in Menlo Park, California, is one of a growing list of research institutions lured to Florida with millions of dollars in incentives. For example, The Scripps Research Institute received over $500 million in public money to open a facility in Palm Beach County. OHSU’s Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute received over $100 million to set up shop in Port St. Lucie. It took $50 million to entice SRI International to St. Petersburg, where it opened a research facility in December 2009.
Along with basic research, SRI also conducts contract research. Its clients include Sanofi aventis, Monsanto and Conoco — companies that have also been customers of Huntingdon Life Sciences.
Below is an e-mail that was forwarded anonymously to South Florida SMASH HLS.
Note: “Cynos” refers to Cynomolgus monkeys, also known as Crab-eating macaques.
It was great to speak with you just now. A Colleague of mine (Karen Steinmetz) has
recently purchased some Cynos from primate products. I am negotiating with a client for some toxicology studies at SRI with Cynos and I am giving them some timeline as to when they can start.
I will keep you posted regarding the 18M/18F for my tox study. I need these to be from Mauricia and about 4 years old (48months or so) if possible if not then 2-3 years old will be fine too. Of the 36 primates 12 of them will be terminated but the remainder can be sent back to you for retirement. (these animals can be non-naïve but they have to be naïve to any antibody drug, small molecule drugs are fine).
After this study I may have another study with 16M/16F Naïve cynos. This will be a
I am looking for a price in the 4400 range if possible. Let me know what you can do for me.
I will let you know within the next couple of week about as to whether I will move
forward or not.
Toufan Parman, Ph.D., D.A.B.T.
Associate Director, Mammalian Toxicology
333 Ravenswood Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tel: (650) 859-3260