ApconiX Official Lab Opening!

It was a pleasure to welcome all our colleagues and collaborators to the official opening of the new ApconiX lab at Alderley Park March 1st 2016.  Professor Graham Boulnois (Chair of the Drug Discovery Medicines Catapult) cut the red ribbon, surrounded by well-wishers and the 3 ApconiX co-directors and co-founders, Richard Knight, Ruth Roberts and Mike Morton (L to R).

The biggest reason why drugs fail is due to safety and toxicology.  One part of this is around generating and interpreting ion channel data in the context of the project.  With the ApconiX team, we have over 150 years of drug discovery, development and ion channel experience to bring a new approach to this problem.  The opening of the new laboratory is just the start of the next chapter for ApconiX………the UK and Europe has seen a sharp decline in its science base in cellular and molecular toxicology. To address this, the team are building the laboratory towards an investigatory toxicology capability that can train students as it helps find answers to difficult toxicological problems.

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About the Author:

Professor Ruth A Roberts, PhD, ATS, FBTS, ERT, FRSB, FRCPath Director and Cofounder, ApconiX, UK and Chair and Director of Drug Discovery, University of Birmingham, UK Ruth is chair of drug discovery at Birmingham University, UK and Cofounder of ApconiX, an integrated toxicology and ion channel company that brings together a team of world-renowned nonclinical safety experts with over 400 years of drug discovery and development experience. Previously, Ruth was Global Head of Regulatory Safety at AstraZeneca and Director of Toxicology for Aventis. Ruth is an established science professional bringing rigorous expert thinking to toxicology, drug discovery and drug development. With >140 publications in peer reviewed journals, she is focused on reducing attrition attributable to safety and toxicity. A former president of the British Toxicology Society, former president of EUROTOX, former secretary to SOT and president elect of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, Ruth was the recipient of the SOT Achievement award in 2002, the EUROTOX Bo Holmstedt Award in 2009 and the SOT Founders award in 2018 for outstanding leadership in toxicology.