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Biological Sciences


Using chemistry technologies for new drug treatments.

Peptides and proteins occur naturally in living cells and play a vital role in our fundamental physiological and biochemical functions. They can also be created chemically for therapeutic benefit.

A new company, initially called Southampton Polypeptides (SPP), was spun out of the peptide synthesis unit in Biological Sciences in 2002, to develop new chemistry technologies to produce novel peptides for the next generation of drugs.

It joined forces with Activotec, a leading specialist provider of synthesis instrumentation and chemicals across Europe, in 2005. One of its founders, Dr Ram Sharma, formerly of Biological Sciences, continues to lead the company’s scientific research.

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