Gilead Sciences Inc was incorporated in Delaware on June 22, 1987. The Company is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes new medicines for different medical sectors. With each new discovery and experimental drug candidate, it seeks to improve the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases around the world. The Company's primary areas of focus include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, cardiovascular, hematology/oncology and inflammation/respiratory. Its operations include offices in Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa, Australia, India and the Middle East. It markets products in the HIV, liver diseases, respiratory and cardiovascular/metabolic therapeutic areas. The Company's products comprise of, Truvada, which is an oral formulation dosed once a day as part of combination therapy to treat human immunodeficiency virus infection in adults. Atripla is an oral formulation dosed once a day for the treatment of HIV infection in adults. Viread is an oral formulation of a nucleotide analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitor, dosed once a day as part of combination therapy to treat HIV infection in adults. Emtriva is an oral formulation of a nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitor, dosed once a day as part of combination therapy to treat HIV infection in adults. Hepsera is an oral formulation of a nucleotide analogue polymerase inhibitor, dosed once a day to treat chronic hepatitis B. AmBisome is a proprietary liposomal formulation of amphotericin B, an antifungal agent to treat serious invasive fungal infections caused by various fungal species. Letairis is an endothelin receptor antagonist indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension in patients with WHO Class II or III symptoms to improve exercise capacity and delay clinical worsening. Ranexa is indicated for the treatment of chronic angina. Vistide is an antiviral medication for the treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis in patients with AIDS. Cayston is an inhaled antibiotic as a treatment to improve respiratory systems in cystic fibrosis patients with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The Company sells and distributes Truvada, Viread, Emtriva, Hepsera and AmBisome in Europe, Australia and New Zealand either through its commercial teams, third party distributors or corporate partners. The Company's products compete with other available products based mainly on: efficacy; safety; tolerability; acceptance by doctors; ease of patient compliance; patent protection; ease of use; price; insurance and other reimbursement coverage; distribution; and marketing. The Company owns various trademarks and trade names used in its business, including the following: GILEAD, GILEAD SCIENCES, TRUVADA, VIREAD, HEPSERA, AMBISOME, EMTRIVA, VISTIDE, LETAIRIS, VOLIBRIS(tm), RANEXA and CAYSTON. The Company's operations and activities are subject to extensive regulation by numerous government authorities in the United States and other countries.
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