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Synthesizing Hope: Matter, Knowledge, and Place in South African Drug Discovery

Anne Pollock


Synthesizing Hope opens up the material and social worlds of pharmaceuticals by focusing on a distinctive place: iThemba Pharmaceuticals. Founded in 2009 with a name taken from the Zulu word for hope, the small South African startup with an elite international scientific board was founded with a mission of finding new drugs for tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria. The book uses this synthetic chemistry company as an entry point for exploring how the location of scientific knowledge production matters. Consideration of this case exposes the limitations of global health frameworks that implicitly pos ... More

Keywords: science and technology studies, South Africa, iThemba Pharmaceuticals, drug discovery, HIV, pharmaceuticals, knowledge production, synthetic chemistry, infrastructures, hope

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226629049
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226629216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Pollock, author
King's College London