We are the drug discovery and development arm of Parkinson’s UK, the largest charitable funder of Parkinson's research in Europe.

The Virtual Biotech launched in March 2017, and by the end of 2019 we had committed over £8million to create an exciting and diverse pipeline of projects at the drug discovery, preclinical and early clinical development stages. 

Driven by people with Parkinson’s, we’re working flexibly, creatively and collaboratively with co-investors, institutions and companies worldwide who share our vision to drive forward drug development and clinical trials. 

We’re aiming to invest at least a further £20million and deliver a life-changing new treatment to people with Parkinson’s by the end of 2024.

Our sole mission is delivering important new treatments for Parkinson’s. Any returns on investment we receive will be used to improve life for people with the condition.

You can view our portfolio tracker on the desktop site.




Active projects

Novel mitochondrial rescue compounds - University of Sheffield

Screening and in vitro testing programme to identify compounds that rescue mitochondrial function with reduced off-target effects.

Novel mPTP inhibitors - NRG Therapeutics

A preclinical programme to discover and develop a potential drug that could safeguard the dopaminergic cells damaged by Parkinson's and slow down the progression of the condition.

Trial of ondansetron as a Parkinson's hallucination treatment (TOP HAT) - University College London

A 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial will recruit 216 people to establish whether ondansetron - an anti-nausea medication - is safe and effective for treating Parkinson's hallucinations.

Phase II trial of cannabidiol for Parkinson's psychosis - King's College London

A 6-week pilot and 12-week double, blind placebo-controlled trial to provide preliminary evidence for the safety and efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD) capsules for the treatment of Parkinson's-related psychosis.


Our people

Arthur Roach Ph.D

Director of Research, Parkinson’s UK 


Before joining Parkinson's UK Arthur held several academic and industrial positions, most recently as Senior Director, Neurodegenerative Diseases Research at Serono (now Merck). He is also a founder and Head of the SAB of the Swiss-based biotech Chord Therapeutics.

Professor Manfred Auer

Drug Discovery Advisory Panel member

Manfred is currently the SULSA (Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance) Professor of Chemical & Translational Biology at the University of Edinburgh. He is one of the most experienced scientists in the field of a assay and screening methodologies and was previously Executive Director of Innovative Screening Technologies at the Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research.

Professor Paul Whiting

Drug Discovery Advisory Panel member


Prior to taking on his current role as the CSO for the Alzheimer’s Research UK UCL Drug Discovery Institute, Paul was Head of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at MSD and then Head of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Pfizer Neusentis.



Do you have an idea or a discovery with potential to lead to a new treatment for Parkinson’s? Are you interested in bringing this to the clinic? We can partner with you to develop the most promising projects.


Get in touch at virtualbiotech@parkinsons.org.uk

We aim to respond to enquiries, using the details you provide, within 5 working days.


Our partners

The University of Sheffield

This live tracker visually represents the growth of the Virtual Biotech portfolio since it launched in 2017 based on the progress being made towards new and better treatments for Parkinson's. 

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