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Drug Discovery Ltd – The Company

Drug Discovery Ltd was formed in 1998 to undertake the commercial development of the natural products-based activities of the Strathclyde Institute for Drug Research. For more than a decade, SIDR has been at the forefront of building a global collection of natural products and developing technologies to extract and screen potential drugs from them.

Drug Discovery is expanding its natural product library and developing proprietary technologies for its own in-house drug discovery programmes in several therapeutic areas including cancer, asthma, allergies, arthritis and pain. The natural products library has been reformatted into industry-standard microtiter plates which are available for high throughput screening by customers. The Company also provides its expertise in natural products and its analytical and screening technologies to pharmaceutical companies under contract.

Key Personnel

Dr Alan Harvey (Managing Director) was the founding Director of the Strathclyde Institute for Drug Research, an interdisciplinary research organisation created in 1988 at the University of Strathclyde to promote commercially relevant drug research.

Dr Harvey's specific research interests include the pharmacology of drugs and toxins affecting excitable membranes and drug discovery based on natural products. He is the discoverer of dendrotoxins, a new class of potassium channel blockers.

Dr Iain Stuart is head of chemical services. He has an extensive background in developing chromatographic and analytical methods for natural materials.

Carol Clements is head of cellular assays. She has more than 10 years experience of biological assay development and considerable expertise in the use of biologically active natural products for pharmaceutical and agrochemical applications.

Louise Young is head of biochemical assays. She has ten years experience of pharmacology and developing assays suitable for high throughput screening of natural products.

Scientific Advisory Board

Members of Drug Discovery's Scientific Advisory Board have an exceptional range of experience in natural products research, pharmacology, and pharmaceutical development.

Professor William C. Bowman is founding Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Strathclyde and has considerable experience in the pharmacology of drugs acting on nerves and muscles. He is author of a standard textbook of pharmacology and over 150 scientific articles.

Dr Desmond Fitzgerald has held academic posts as Professor of Medicine at McMaster University, Ontario and as visiting Professor, McGill University, Montreal. He worked in ICI Pharmaceuticals Division (now AstraZeneca) as Manager of Bioscience and then General Manager of Research, finally being appointed to the Board as International Medical Director. He currently advises pharmaceutical companies on drug discovery and development.

Professor J.B. Harborne (FRS) is the world's foremost phytochemist. Based at the University of Reading since 1968 he has many international research collaborations and has been honoured with several major international awards and prizes for his work. Central themes of his research career have been the identification of anti-fungal and flavour compounds from plants.

Professor D.H. Janzen, a Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, is an ecologist who has spent over 30 years studying the relationships between animals and plants in Costa Rican tropical forests. Dan Janzen has published over 330 scientific articles and books. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and he has been awarded several international prizes and scientific honours, including the Crafoord Prize from the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences.

Professor P.G. Waterman is co-founder of Drug Discovery Ltd. He has over 30 years experience of isolating and identifying natural products from plants and other sources. He has published over 300 scientific papers and is founding director of the Centre for Phytochemistry at Southern Cross University, NSW, Australia.


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