Prof Garry Taylor

Prof Garry Taylor

Emeritus Professor

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I retired from the University in 2020 and maintain an Emeritus position. From 2014-2019 I was Master and Deputy Principal, and for nine months in 2016 I was also acting Principal and Vice Chancellor. My research interests are now maintained through a University spinout company, Pneumagen, formed in 2016. This arose from having studied the structural biology of sialidases (or neuraminidases) for several decades. We engineered mutlivalent forms of carbohydrate-binding modules specific for sialic acid, a key component of the receptor used by the influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, some coronaviruses and pneumococci. In animal studies, these have shown protection against a variety of respiratory viruses, inclding influenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus and SARS-CoV-2. The lead biologic, Neumifil, is currently undergoing Phase 2 clincial studies. The company's research group is based in my old research space in BSRC.

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