ApconiX on the BBC News!

ApconiX was featured November 19th 2015 in a BBC News NorthWest item as one of the success stories of the Northern Power House (click here for video).

BBC political correspondent Arif Ansari was interested to hear how we assembled a team of the best expert science professionals all of whom want to stay in the North West and are leaving AstraZeneca with a combined 150+ years of drug development experience.   As I explained to Arif, most new medicines fail due to safety/toxicity; ApconiX will tackle this issue by bringing world-class nonclinical safety expertise to biotech, biopharma and academia.

Even though we only began trading this year, ApconiX has its first handful of contracts working with a range of partners from small to large companies, charities and government.  We have the first money in too!  But the next 6 months is a critical time for us as we commit to the expense of our own dedicated lab space and specialised equipment.

Importantly, AstraZeneca and the Alderley Park BioHub have partnered us every step of the way as we have ventured out on our own, and they have been invaluable in our journey.

By |2018-05-30T16:55:46+00:00November 23rd, 2015|Press|Comments Off on ApconiX on the BBC News!

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.