Structural Genomics Consortium, Biochemistry and Chemistry awarded £4.1 million grant by the Wellcome Trust

Recently the SGC (Structural Genomics Consortium, www.sgc.ox.ac.uk), Biochemistry and Chemistry have been awarded a £4.1 million grant by the Wellcome Trust for the purposes of designing 25 chemical probes for epigenetics targets over the next 4 years. The project involves a public-private partnership whereby GSK and NIH (USA) are contributing resource to this project in addition to the funding by the Wellcome Trust. This partnership is unique in that it brings the medicinal chemistry expertise within industry together with the biological expertise within academia to address an emerging area of biology. In this regard, the initiative may provide an excellent model for future interactions between academia and industry in the area of "pre-competitive chemistry".