RxCelerate, one of the leading out-sourced drug discovery and development platforms in the United Kingdom, announced today it has opened UK-based chemistry operations at The University of Warwick. The new operation will be led by Dr Nigel Ramsden, who joins RxCelerate on a full-time basis as Executive Vice President, Chemistry Operations, working closely with Dr David Fox in the Department of Chemistry at Warwick.
RxCelerate has previously offered small molecule discovery services through a network of expert consultants, collaborators and partnerships with contract research organisations in the UK, US, India and China. The new UK-based operation represents a significant expansion in capacity, but also allows RxCelerate to work on synthetic routes too challenging for out-sourcing.
“Investing in a chemistry operation in the UK compliments our business model,” said Dr Jill Reckless, CEO of RxCelerate. “This capability allows us to offer timely chemical and analytical solutions to our clients where tighter control over experimental execution is required.”
“I am excited by the opportunity to join a rapidly expanding business, with a unique ability to deliver solutions to challenging problems in medicinal chemistry, scale-up synthesis and analytics” said Dr Nigel Ramsden, who earned his stripes as a medicinal chemist during a decade-long stint at GlaxoSmithKline before joining Cellzome, where he was responsible for developing drug discovery pipelines in Alzheimer’s Disease and inflammatory diseases.
Dr David Fox, Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, said, “We have delivered numerous chemical solutions, from chemical probes and clinical candidates to scalable process routes to RxCelerate and its clients over a number of years and are delighted that they have made this investment to expand and develop the relationship further.” Professor Mike Ward, Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick, added, “We are delighted to see this new partnership between RxCelerate and Warwick’s chemistry department. Close links between academia and industry are of ever-increasing importance as they allow exciting new science to be translated into real-world impact and benefit to society as quickly and effectively as possible and we look forward to seeing the fruits of this new partnership.”