Company with Stevenage site targets drug cheats at 2012 Olympics

ANY athlete who tests positive for drugs during the 2012 Olympics will have been caught using the resources of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), after a �10m deal was announced yesterday (Monday). GSK will provide facilities and equipment at its Stevenage, Ware or H

ANY athlete who tests positive for drugs during the 2012 Olympics will have been caught using the resources of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), after a �10m deal was announced yesterday (Monday).

GSK will provide facilities and equipment at its Stevenage, Ware or Harlow site to enable Kings College London to run drug tests on thousands of samples throughout the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The laboratory will be in operation 24 hours a day, and the company's research and development staff could be seconded to work on the project.

During the Olympics, 5,000 athletes will be drugs tested.

GSK will also work with King's College on exploring potential new ways of catching athletes who take performance-enhancing substances.


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Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK, said: "I'm delighted we've put this alliance with King's College London together to ensure that excellent science can play a key role in ensuring the Games are conducted to the highest ethical standards and that athletes can lead healthier lives."

London 2012 chairman, Sebastian Coe, said: "I'm thrilled GlaxoSmithKline is on board. Its involvement working with the King's College experts will see world class facilities available.

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