ApconiX Welcomes Scott Hackford

Scott Hackford | ApconiX

ApconiX is delighted to welcome Scott Hackford who joins the team of nonclinical safety experts and will be working with Dr Richard Knight. Scott has over 12 years’ experience in a contract research organisation as a study director and lead toxicologist designing, conducting, and reporting studies across the regulatory pathway.  Scott has worked on projects across multiple therapeutic areas with small molecules and biotherapeutics.

Academic Career

Scott gained a bachelor’s degree in forensic science at the University of Wolverhampton.  Originally thinking he might join the police force; Scott was particularly taken by the toxicology elements of his degree.  Scott went on to gain a master’s degree from the University of Birmingham in toxicology.

Work Experience

Scott joined Sequani as a study director, part of the central hub providing supporting documents for drug development from FIH through Phase I to III and post marketing.   Scott was part of a team that designed, monitored, interpreted data, wrote plans and reports relating to multifaceted preclinical studies in general and reproductive toxicology including chemistry, bioanalysis, and clinical pathology.

Becoming a senior toxicologist, Scott became more involved with clients’ discussions from a scientific perspective, understanding liabilities and providing advice though the development pathway.

For the last 4 years at Sequani, Scott was a lead toxicologist managing a team of study directors, overseeing clients’ regulatory routes to market.

While at Sequani, Scott gained experience not only of drug development but also of agrochemical and chemical industry regulations including REACH.

Working at ApconiX

Scott commented, “I have particularly enjoyed working as a toxicologist, working closely with clients.  It is definitely a passion of mine that I share with ApconiX.  Being able to work with a team that truly enjoy what they do and have fun doing it!”.

Richard added, “We were delighted to bring Scott into ApconiX, not only for his broad toxicology knowledge across various disciplines but also because he’s a great team player and already a really valuable addition to the group”.

Interests Outside Work

With two young children, Scott doesn’t find a lot of time to enjoy hobbies.  He does hope to return to weight training in the not too distant future if he gets time.