Eisai Teams With Liverpool Academics | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 92 Issue 13 | p. 11 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 31, 2014

Eisai Teams With Liverpool Academics

Department: Business
Keywords: Tropical diseases, collaboration, river blindness

Eisai, a Japanese pharmaceutical firm, has formed a partnership with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the University of Liverpool to jointly identify new drugs effective against lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis, or river blindness. Both diseases, affecting a combined 150 million people worldwide, are forms of filariasis, a parasitic disease caused by threadlike roundworms. The partners will work to develop drug candidates that effectively eliminate the bacteria Wolbachia, which the worms depend on for growth.

 
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