Introduction: Detection of neurotoxicity induced by prospective new therapies represents a major challenge due to the morphological and physiological complexity of the central nervous system (CNS). Characterised by uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain, seizure liability remains a significant cause of attrition in drug discovery and development. An industry survey published in 2016 reported that [...]
Kimberly Rockley completed her PhD in the Division of Pharmacy at Durham University before joining us at ApconiX in June last year. Her research utilised in vitro cardiomyocyte models to investigate the link between angiotensin signalling and anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity. Here she describes the problem of cancer therapy induced cardiotoxicity and the potential impact of her [...]
ApconiX is delighted that Dr Kim Rockley's article ‘ Innovative models for in vitro detection of seizure‘ has now been accepted for publication in Toxicology Research. The article highlights how new technologies such as microelectrode array and ion channel screening offer the opportunity to screen for seizure liability in vitro, avoiding costly failures in preclinical [...]
Read the poster Dr Kim Rockley and Dr Michael Morton presented at ELRIG 2019 in Liverpool.
We were thrilled to welcome Jayne Ingram from Axion Biosystems into the ApconiX laboratory to conduct a pilot study using their Maestro Pro multielectrode array (MEA) system and Ncardia iPSC-derived neuronal cells. The cells were cultured for three weeks before Jayne arrived to allow the formation of neuronal networks, which would allow us to assess [...]