How we discover new medicines

Creating a new medicine is a long and rigorous process, and it can take up to 15 years to progress from a promising idea in the research laboratory to a medicine receiving approval from regulators. We might investigate 5,000 or more different chemicals to identify just one that can be tested in humans.

Know how GSK discovers new medicines

We begin the search for a new medicine by looking into what processes in the body lead to a disease or create the symptoms. This starting point is based on both our own research and broader knowledge within the scientific community.

Developing a new treatment typically goes through seven stages from laboratory to patient:

Timeline and development stages for pharmaceutical research
Timeline and development stages for pharmaceutical research