Celebrating the Link Between hERG and Whiskey

Link Between Whiskey and hERG

Come and help us celebrate the link between hERG and whiskey at our Booth #A6.  We’ll be at the ELRIG Drug Discovery 2022 on the 4th and 5th of October, 2022, in London, UK.

hERG and Whiskey

We’ll be giving away ApconiX whiskey shot glasses to anyone who comes to our booth and can tell us about the connection between whiskey and hERG (and to make it a bit easier for everyone scroll down to the bottom of this blog and we’ll tell you the story*).

We’re also going to give one lucky person the opportunity to fill their shot glass with whiskey.  Come and have your business card scanned and we’ll have a prize draw at noon on Wednesday and select the winner of a bottle of whiskey.

The ApconiX Team Will Be There to Welcome You

Mike Morton, Laurence Bishop, Nicholas Coltman, Magali-Anne Maizieres, Hannah Jennings and Bethan Kelly will all be there to welcome you. Hannah Jennings is presenting a poster “Improved Sustainability Through the Use of Assay Ready Cells to Support Ion Channel Screening” and we’ll be playing the Drug Development Snakes and Ladders!

The hERG Story

*hERG is the name of a human gene and stands for human ether-a-go-go related gene.  The name is based on homology to a gene found in the Drosophila melanogaster that was named ether-a-go-go (eag) because of the ether-induced leg shaking observed in flies with mutations in this gene. Ether-a-go-go was named in the 1960s by William D. Kaplan and William E Trout III when they worked at the Department of Biology, City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California.  The shaking legs of the flies was compared to the dancing at the famous Whisky a Go Go nightclub on West Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.