Parkinson’s UK Partners With Sheffield University To Create New Spin Out

The promise of discovery.

Our client, Parkinson’s UK, has just inked a deal with Sheffield University to create a new £1million virtual biotech company, Keapstone Therapeutics.

Even though charities and academia have entered into research partnerships before, the partnership between Parkinson’s UK and Sheffield is the first time a charity has approached researchers to launch a spin-out company with the agenda to advance a particular research programme.

The Life Sciences team at JAG Shaw Baker has extensive experience with spin-out companies. The team was instrumental in structuring Keapstone Therapeutics in a way that aligned with Parkinson UK’s over-arching charitable objectives, the academic principles of Sheffield University and the requirements of a high-growth company.

The Spin Out

Keapstone Therapeutics was formed to create new treatments for Parkinson’s disease. The company will work with different partners, including Synature Discovery, to ensure that if any drug development programme shows promise, it can swiftly move towards clinical trials.

According to a press release from Parkinson’s UK, Arthur Roach, Director of Research at Parkinson’s UK, said the new programme of work will enable them to act in a similar way as a small biotech company. Yet, unlike a commercial company, their primary goal will be the creation of new treatments to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s.

“By seeking early collaboration with a University in the creation of a spin-out biotech company, we will be able to investigate and develop potential Parkinson’s treatments with an intensity that is unprecedented for a charity,” said Roach.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or computer, phone or tablet hard drive if you agree. more information

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR USE OF COOKIES Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience and also allows us to improve our website. By continuing to browse the website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or computer, phone or tablet hard drive if you agree. We use the following cookies: • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to return to a previous page. • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. The analytical/performance cookies are provided on our behalf by Google Inc. to aid with reporting of user behaviour, market research and improving website functionality. This user behaviour is analysed in order to improve this website. To see how this applies to Google Analytics, visit http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html. You can stop tracking by Google Analytics by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB. COOKIE DURATION The strictly necessary session cookies are a temporary cookie which remains in the cookie file of your browser until you close the browser. The other cookies will remain in the cookie file of your browser after the closing of the browser, and will become active again when you reopen this website. The different cookies have different expiration dates. Following expiry of a cookie, a new version of that cookie will be downloaded when you next visit this website, unless you have withdrawn your consent in the meantime. You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website. Contact If you have any queries regarding this cookie policy please contact us at info@jagshawbaker.com.

Close