Research and development

Around the world, our scientists are dedicated to discovering and developing new medicines that help improve the quality of life for patients. We put patients first, always remembering that patients are waiting for our medicines.

We're currently focused on these major areas:

  • Cardiovascular and urogenital diseases
  • Metabolic and viral diseases
  • Microbial, musculoskeletal, and proliferative diseases
  • Neurological and gastrointestinal diseases
  • Psychiatric diseases
  • Respiratory and inflammatory diseases
  • Biopharmaceuticals

Our culture

We aim to push the boundaries of traditional drug discovery and development, and are committed to finding new, more productive ways to develop medicines. That's why we use the latest automated scientific technologies to progress efficiently and responsibly through the early stages of drug discovery.

Technology is only part of the story. In fact, we believe it is our people who are our greatest asset. They come from all around the world, and include five Nobel Prize winning scientists. It's the diversity of their talent and skills that leads to the innovation and creativity necessary to discover and develop new medicines.

These talented people enjoy the full support of a company committed to scientific discovery-that is one reason why we attract the best minds in the industry.

What's great about working in R&D?

One of the best things about working in Research & Development is knowing your work could cure a disease, eradicate a virus, or improve someone's life anywhere around the world. After all, we're not only committed to fighting diseases in our backyard-we're also focused on the diseases of the developing world, such as tuberculosis and malaria.

Our organizational structure also sets us apart. It allows us to take advantage of a large corporation's resources while, at the same time, operating with a small company ethos. Our Centers of Excellence for Drug Discovery promote an entrepreneurial way of working and encourages scientists to direct their course of research.

We offer competitive reward and recognition for scientific achievements, as well as excellent career development opportunities. Our employees have access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology and are empowered to make full use of the company's resources in their quest to discover innovative medicines.


Vaccines are an area of significant growth, and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals (GSK Biologicals) is one of the world's leading vaccine producers. In the next five years, we expect to launch five major new vaccines in the US: an HPV vaccine targeting cervical cancer, a vaccine against rotavirus (already approved in more than 30 countries), a vaccine to prevent pneumococcal disease, an improved flu vaccine for the elderly, and a meningitis combination vaccine for infants. Employment opportunities are available at our two expanding sites in Hamilton, Montana and Marietta, Pennsylvania.