Glaxo blueprints major new Shanghai research center

GlaxoSmithKline has named Dr. Jingwu Zang to run a major new R&D center in Shanghai which will focus on developing a new generation of neurodegenerative drugs. Glaxo plans to concentrate all of its research on such diseases as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's at the center, taking its drugs from target identification through late-stage trials. The center is designed to grow into one of the largest research efforts within Glaxo's multinational operations.

"We intend to be part of a future in which the phrase 'discovered in China' is heard as often as 'made in China' is heard today," said Glaxo research chief Moncef Slaoui.

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