JWTH partner Leon Legleiter recently attended the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Research Triangle Park Chapter meeting. The topic, “A New Approach to Public Private Partnerships to Solve Challenging Societal Issues”, was presented by Mary Napier and Brian Johns. Specifically, Ms. Napier and Mr. Johns discussed the public-private partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2015 with the sole goal of finding a cure for HIV. The partnership resulted in the formation of the UNC HIV Cure Center. In 2018, GSK’s HIV Discovery Performance Unit merged with the ViiV Healthcare Discovery Unit and ViiV has since assumed the roles and responsibilities handled by GSK. This partnership continues its work in finding a cure for HIV and, in the process, making a lasting societal impact.
Ms. Napier is the Director of Operations for the HIV Cure Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Mr. Johns is the VP of External Discovery Sciences at ViiV Healthcare.
JWTH is a proud Annual Sponsor of the LES Research Triangle Park Chapter.