Virtual company to create new Parkinson’s treatments
On 8 March 2017, Parkinson's UK and the University of Sheffield launched a £1 million virtual biotech company to create new treatments for Parkinson's.
Creating drugs to combat oxidative stress
Oxidative stress happens when there are too many damaging molecules called free radicals inside our bodies.
Our primary goal is the creation of new treatments to improve the lives of people with Parkinson's
It causes damage to our cells and tissues and is believed to play a key role in the death of brain cells in Parkinson's.
Researchers have pinpointed a way to trigger a possible in-built defence system that helps protect brain cells from oxidative stress.
Dr Richard Mead at the University of Sheffield has already identified small 'drug-like' molecules that can activate these defences.
A unique approach
The creation of Keapstone Therapeutics is part of our Parkinson's Virtual Biotech venture, formed to rapidly develop and test treatments with the potential to transform life for people with Parkinson's.
Director of Research at Parkinson's UK, Arthur Roach, said:
"This major new programme of work will allow us to act in a similar way to a small biotech company. However, unlike a commercial company, our primary goal is the creation of new treatments to improve the lives of people with Parkinson's.
"By seeking early collaboration with a University in the creation of a spin-out biotech company, we will be able to investigate and develop potential Parkinson's treatments with an intensity that is unprecedented for a charity."