GlaxoSmithKline

GSK names winners of 2015 Discovery Fast Track Challenge

GSKGSK has announced the winners of its third Discovery Fast Track Challenge. The programme is sponsored by GSK's Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc) group to provide an opportunity for academic researchers in Europe and North America to collaborate with GSK and explore novel ideas for potential medicines. Six winning proposals were selected from 378 entries submitted from 21 countries across Europe and North America. The selected proposals cover research related to discovery of potential new treatments for cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, HIV and kidney disease.

Investigators submitted proposals to screen their targets or biological pathways and, following a rigorous review process, finalists were invited to present their proposals to a panel of experienced drug discovery and therapeutic area experts from GSK. The winning proposals describe cutting-edge science that has the potential to impact disease areas where there is an unmet medical need and where patients would strongly benefit from new therapeutic interventions. The winners have access to GSK scientists and discovery resources, including high throughput screening with GSK’s compound libraries to further investigate the winning concepts.

The 2015 winning investigators are:

  • Dr. Miguel Fernandes & Professor Eduardo Salido, University of La Laguna, Spain
  • Professor Paul Lehner, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Professor Isabel Mérida, National Center for Biotechnology, Spanish National Research Council Madrid & Professors Mabel Loza and Ángel Carracedo of Innopharma, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Dr. Efstratios Stratikos, National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Greece
  • Dr. Nathalie Vergnolle, INSERM Toulouse, France
  • Dr. Hans-Guido Wendel, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA

Duncan Holmes, European Head of DPAc, said: "The Discovery Fast Track Challenge has been extremely successful in identifying exciting new collaborative opportunities that may ultimately lead to innovative medicines to tackle unmet patient need. This program has extended our ability to reach out and make contacts with leading academics all across Europe and North America."

Carolyn Buser-Doepner, Worldwide Head of DPAc, said: "In this third round of the Discovery Fast Track Challenge, we have built on the momentum of this programme and have now seen a total of over 1000 proposals. From previous challenges, we have seen a number of exciting successes - both in terms of forging long-term partnerships towards finding medicines as well as identifying and transferring useful chemical tools to multiple winning researchers. We have similar expectations for this new wave of exciting opportunities!"

About Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc)
Launched by GSK in late 2010, DPAc harnesses the deep biological and disease expertise of academia and the drug discovery know-how of GSK to form integrated teams that in partnership can discover new medicines for patients. GSK and the academic partner share the challenges and reward of innovation where GSK funds activities in the partner laboratories, as well as provides in-kind expertise and resources, to progress a programme from idea to medicine.

GSK - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

Most Popular Now

Boehringer Ingelheim increases acce…

Boehringer Ingelheim is announcing an expansion of its Intellectual Property (IP) enforcement policy. The IP enforcement policy had already been amended in 2007 by an eas...

Read more

AstraZeneca licenses Zurampic to Gr…

AstraZeneca today announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Grünenthal GmbH for the exclusive rights to Zurampic (lesinurad) in Europe and Latin Ameri...

Read more

Pfizer presents promising data from…

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced encouraging new data from a Phase 1/2 study of lorlatinib, the proposed generic name for PF-06463922, Pfizer's investigational, nex...

Read more

Bayer Science & Education Found…

Applications for the Bayer Science & Education Foundation's international scholarship programs are now being accepted for this year's round. In the academic sector, ambit...

Read more

Merck Accelerator expands its reach…

Merck, a leading science and technology company, has started this week the application period for the next round of its Accelerator programs in Darmstadt, Germany, and Na...

Read more

Merck announces survey results expl…

Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced survey results of 250 global biopharmaceutical executives on how their companies will manage new risks as...

Read more

Call for Abstracts: DIA EuroMeeting…

29 - 31 March 2017, Glasgow, UK. The DIA EuroMeeting 2017 provides a platform for experts from all relevant disciplines within the entire healthcare development and acce...

Read more

AstraZeneca enters commercialisatio…

AstraZeneca today announced it has entered into a commercialisation agreement with Aspen Global Incorporated (AGI), part of the Aspen Group, for rights to its global anae...

Read more

Promising treatment prospects for i…

In Switzerland alone, more than 5,700 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and almost 1,400 of those affected die of the disease. In many very invasive forms...

Read more

Boehringer Ingelheim and Harvard sc…

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced it has established a research collaboration with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute's - Harvard Fibrosis Network to discover new ways of...

Read more

FDA targets unlawful internet sales…

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, announced that it took action this week against 4,402 we...

Read more

New class of protein could treat ca…

A protein designed by researchers at Georgia State University can effectively target a cell surface receptor linked to a number of diseases, showing potential as a therap...

Read more

Digest World Pharma Newsletter

Subscribe to our weekly Digest World Pharma Newsletter and stay updated on the latest World Pharma News. Subscribe now, it's free!

Pharmaceutical Companies

[ A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Z ]