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Almac Discovery and Queen's launch £13M cancer drug discovery partnership
Date:9/4/2013

opment for the health and life sciences sector."

It was also announced today that a new CCRCB/Almac Discovery joint programme in Cancer Drug Discovery will bring researchers from Queen's University Belfast's Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) and scientists from Almac Discovery together to translate research discoveries into treatments for patients.

The two projects represent a total investment of 13M, with 7 million of support offered by Invest Northern Ireland, which includes part funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

As a result of the joint programme, 17 scientists from Almac Discovery have been seconded to Queen's CCRCB in an industry led venture. The discovery team will work to identify parts of tumours which are susceptible to treatment by cancer drugs and to then develop the new drugs to target them.

The partnership will also enable new approaches to selecting those patients who will be most likely to respond to the new drugs, and to create the technologies needed to deliver the drugs directly to the tumour site in the patient.

The new discovery programme is being led by Professor Tim Harrison, Vice President of Discovery Chemistry with Almac Discovery. As part of this partnership, Professor Harrison has been appointed McClay Chair of Medicinal Chemistry at Queen's for the next three years.

Commenting on the new partnership, he said: "While Almac Discovery and Queen's have already been successfully collaborating for a number of years, this exciting new programme is bringing together for the first time, under one roof, some of our most talented scientists. As a result we expect to see an increase in both the breadth of drug targets we are able to identify and a subsequent increase in the development of potential therapeutics for patients."


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Contact: Lisa McElroy
lisa.mcelroy@qub.ac.uk
44-028-909-75384
Queen's University Belfast
Source:Eurekalert

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