GSK, Google unite in joint venture

GskPharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline is forming a joint venture with a unit of Google’s parent that will invest STG540 million ($A941.3 million) in the relatively new field of bioelectronic medicine.

An institute for medical research defines ‘biolectronic medicine’ as an approach that involves molecular biology, neurophysiology, neurotechnology and analytics to deliver therapies “superior to pharmaceuticals”.

GSK and Verily Life Sciences, a subsidiary of Alphabet, have agreed to create a new company known as Galvani Bioelectronics, which will be based in Britain.

GSK said it will own 55 per cent of the venture, with Verily owning the rest.

Bioelectronics seeks to treat chronic illnesses using tiny implants to change electronic signals that pass along nerves in the body.

The announcement comes less than a week after GSK pledged to invest STG275 million in three plants in Britain, sweeping aside concerns about growth following the country’s decision to leave the European Union.

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