Aussie biotech start-up secures Government support to develop medicines for chronic diseases

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Australian biotech start-up George Medicines has received a $20 million investment from the Federal Government’s Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) to develop new medications for the prevention of heart attacks and strokes, as well as treatments for a range of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, hypertension and diabetes.

The funding comprises $10 million from the Government and $10 million from venture capital company, Brandon Capital, with George Health Enterprises, the commercial arm of The George Institute for Global Health, to invest an additional $20 million in the company, bringing the total investment to $40 million.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the investment demonstrated the Government’s commitment to medical research.

“Sadly, just under half of Australians had one or more chronic conditions in 2017-18. That’s why it’s so important the Government invests in vital research to treat these conditions,” Minister Hunt said.

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“Once developed, it is hoped these new medications will be more effective, reducing the number of pills patients are required to take.

“This will mean fewer side effects and increased likelihood of patients taking their pills as prescribed.”

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said the project is expected to result in important health and economic benefits to Australia.

“The Government’s support for this biotech start-up is another example of our commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Australians, while supporting Australian business,” Minister Andrews said.

“The BTF fosters both potential breakthroughs in health treatments and business opportunities that will assist Australian companies, boost the economy and create high quality jobs.

“Two patents have already been filed based on research conducted in Australia and abroad.

“The signs are already very good that this will be a significant commercial success, with strong export opportunities.”

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