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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.

ApconiX Welcomes Dr Kimberly Rockley.

ApconiX is delighted to welcome Dr Kimberly Rockley.  Kim has a strong research background in oncology and will work with the team of experts in nonclinical safety and toxicology at ApconiX. Kim studied Biomedical Science and gained her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree in Cancer Pharmacology at the University of Bradford, graduating with distinction. [...]

By |2019-06-11T10:31:11+01:00June 11th, 2019|Toxicology, Careers|Comments Off on ApconiX Welcomes Dr Kimberly Rockley.

ApconiX Meet with the Servier Nonclinical Safety Team in Paris

Professor Ruth Roberts and Dr Paul Duffy recently spent some time with the Servier nonclinical safety team in Paris, hosted by Dr Nancy Claude, Director of Non-Clinical Safety at Servier and Patrick Genissel, Director Centre of Excellence Research & Biopharmacy, R & D VP. The discussions focused on science-led strategies to nonclinical development of new [...]

By |2019-05-28T10:18:11+01:00May 26th, 2019|Toxicology, Events|Comments Off on ApconiX Meet with the Servier Nonclinical Safety Team in Paris

ApconiX Welcomes Dr Russell Huby to the Team.

ApconiX is delighted to welcome Dr Russell Huby to the team.  Russell joins the team of experts in nonclinical safety toxicology at ApconiX and will be primarily working in the area of target safety assessments. Russell graduated from the University of Oxford with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry before going on to gain a PhD [...]

By |2019-05-09T12:14:19+01:00May 14th, 2019|Target Safety Assessments, Careers|Comments Off on ApconiX Welcomes Dr Russell Huby to the Team.

Practical Application of Toxicology in Drug Development

Professor Ruth Roberts, Co-founder and Director of ApconiX will be joining Rob Wallis and other eminent scientists in delivering training at the highly acclaimed course Practical Application of Toxicology in Drug Development.  The course, co-organised by the British Toxicology Society and the American College of Toxicology will be held at The Møller Centre, Churchill College, [...]

By |2019-05-08T10:47:02+01:00May 9th, 2019|Toxicology, Events|Comments Off on Practical Application of Toxicology in Drug Development

Professor Ruth Roberts Joins Bio Integrates Panel

Professor Ruth Roberts, Co-founder and Director of ApconiX will join Professor Paul Stott, Chief Executive Officer of Seda Pharmaceutical Development Services, Dr Steve McConchie, Chief Executive Officer of Aptus Clinical and Dr Matt Cooper, Business Development & Marketing Director of National Institute for Health Research to discuss “Collaborating Across the Value Chain to Translate Great [...]

By |2019-05-08T10:04:15+01:00May 8th, 2019|Toxicology, Events|Comments Off on Professor Ruth Roberts Joins Bio Integrates Panel

Toxicological Sciences: From the Editor’s Desk, Editor’s Highlights

One of the recent Editor's Highlights in Toxicological Sciences was a paper by Peters et al., on GI Barrier and Drug-induced Diarrhea, reviewed by  Professor Ruth Roberts, an Associate Editor of Toxicological Sciences. As Ruth highlighted, attrition in drug discovery and development due to toxicity remains a major challenge. A plethora of preclinical in vitro models [...]

By |2019-04-24T14:58:09+01:00April 24th, 2019|Toxicology, Publications|Comments Off on Toxicological Sciences: From the Editor’s Desk, Editor’s Highlights

British Toxicology Society Congress a Great Success

Dr Richard Knight, Dr Guy Healing, Professor Ruth Roberts, Phumzile Sikakana and Dr Karin Burnett thoroughly enjoyed the British Society of Toxicology Congress this week at Robinson College, University of Cambridge. Highlights of the meeting included a great opening keynote from Dr Stefan Platz (AstraZeneca) who shared his vision for the use of AI in [...]

By |2019-04-18T10:14:42+01:00April 18th, 2019|Toxicology, Events|Comments Off on British Toxicology Society Congress a Great Success

Toxicogenomics: A 2020 Vision

Together with the promotion of non-animal testing, in vitro toxicogenomics (TGx) may play a vital role in the next generation risk assessment paradigm. A strategic shift in risk assessment provides an unprecedented opportunity for repositioning TGx in the regulatory setting. As the emerging technique continues to impact the TGx field, novel genomic features such as [...]

By |2019-04-17T15:54:02+01:00April 17th, 2019|Toxicology, Publications|Comments Off on Toxicogenomics: A 2020 Vision

ApconiX Attends British Toxicology Society Congress – “Celebrating 40 years of the BTS”.

British Toxicology Society (BTS) and the UK Environmental Mutagen Society Annual Congress “Celebrating 40 years of the BTS" will be held at Robinson College, University of Cambridge between 15th -17th of April. Professor Ruth Roberts, Dr Richard Knight, Dr Guy Healing and Phumzile Sikakana will all be attending.  Ruth will be presented with an Honorary Fellowship [...]

By |2019-04-14T16:01:01+01:00April 14th, 2019|Toxicology, Events|Comments Off on ApconiX Attends British Toxicology Society Congress – “Celebrating 40 years of the BTS”.

Congratulations to Dr Myrtle Davis

The ApconiX team would like to congratulate Dr Myrtle Davis for becoming Vice President-Elect of the Society of Toxicology. Dr Davis is an executive director at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she leads discovery toxicology in pharmaceutical candidate optimization to provide target and molecular hazard identification and risk assessments for issues identified in discovery research. She also [...]

By |2019-03-25T20:18:23+01:00March 27th, 2019|Events|Comments Off on Congratulations to Dr Myrtle Davis