Research that could lead to a breakthrough in the treatment of HIV has scooped a University of Manchester scientist a prestigious industry award.
Dr Curtis Dobson’s work was voted Project of the Year at the annual Northwest Biotechnology Awards ceremony hosted by the Northwest Development Agency programme, Bionow. His research concerns the interaction between human proteins and viruses and the development of novel anti-infective compounds that could become the next generation of HIV-beating drugs as well as possible treatments for other viruses, such as herpes and hepatitis. “The compounds work by stopping the virus before it attaches itself to the cell and are a potential new form of treatment for HIV,” said Dr Dobson.
“In the first nine months of the research we have developed compounds 10 times stronger than the original chemicals we tested on the virus and have already filed three patent applications.“We are now looking to put together a two-year programme of further tests which will be the final stage of the pre-clinical work.”
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