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Peer leads medical funding drive

Lord Winston
Lord Winston hopes to raise 8m for SIPBS

The medical academic Lord Winston is to help raise cash for a drug-discovery body based in Glasgow.

The peer is the new fundraising patron for Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS).

Lord Winston hopes to raise 8m which will allow the institute to create a new drug research and development facility at Strathclyde University.

Formed in 2006, SIPBS brings together scientists and researchers to work on new treatments for major diseases.

These include cancer and heart disease, which are among the biggest killers in Scotland, and malaria and tuberculosis, which are prevalent in the developing world.

Lord Winston said: "Medicine is facing immense challenges from new and resurgent threats to health but fewer treatments are completing the long transition from discovery to regulatory approval to clinical success.

"The new facility for the institute will be among the leaders of the drive to improve this success rate."

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