Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.


Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login



GSK collaborates with University of North Carolina on HIV cure

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is establishing a research centre devoted to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where the HIV Cure centre will be based.

The two organisations have launched a new company Qura Therapeutics that will have responsibility for the business side of the partnership, including commercialisation and intellectual property rights.

GSK and the university are optimistic that the public-private initiative will attract additional funding and expertise to spearhead a cure for HIV worldwide.

Chief executive officer of GSK Sir Andrew Witty says the move is a testament to the company’s ongoing commitment to eradicating HIV. University chancellor Carol Folt says the “novel” partnership has vast potential.

GSK will invest US$4m annually into the new centre for five years. In return, the university will provide laboratory space, academic and research expertise, as well as access to patients and sources of funding, the organisations announced on 11 May 2015.

The researchers will focus on what is known as a “shock and kill” approach to finding a cure. They will work on pinpointing the hidden virus in HIV-positive patients and then augment their antibodies to help eradicate the virus and infected cells.

David Margolis, Carolina professor of medicine and leader of the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication, says this shock and kill approach has already shown significant promise in early translational research on humans. 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2015.20068536

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

  • Drugs and the Liver

    Drugs and the Liver

    Drugs and the Liver assists practitioners in making pragmatic choices for their patients. It enables you to assess liver function and covers the principles of drug use in liver disease.

    £38.00Buy now
  • Essentials of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

    Essentials of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

    An introduction to pharmaceutical chemistry for students. A core text on many university courses, the book has numerous worked examples and problems.

    £43.00Buy now
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Jobs you might like

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.