• Compound Screening
    Compound Screening

    Flexible screening approaches optimised for your target,
    from HTS to fragment-, focused- and diversity-based approaches

Introduction

Our team have the expertise and equipment to design and run the optimal screening approach for your target – from High Throughput Screening (HTS), utilising libraries of hundreds-of-thousands of compounds, through to fragment-, focused- and diversity-based approaches.  We help you analyse and interpret the data, recommending next steps, deploying hypothesis-based medicinal chemistry, and making a genuine scientific contribution to your project team. If required, we offer access to an in house diversity-based library of 125K IP-free molecules available via Compound Cloud, and an in-house fragment subset of the above.

Key Expertise

Key expertise includes:

High Throughput Screening (HTS)
Medium Throughput Screening (MTS)
Fragment screening
SAR (Structure-Activity Relationship) assay screening
Mechanism of action studies

Capabilities and Techniques

A wide range of capabilities and techniques, including:

All common screening modalities (Absorbance, luminescence, fluorescence, FP, HTRF, TR-FRET, Alphascreen)
Dynamic Mass Redistribution – Corning Epic®
Thermal Shift/Differential Scanning Fluorimetry
Microscale Thermophoresis – Monolith NT.Automated
Development of recombinant cell lines
Integrated HTS platform with acoustic dispensing capable of screening >150 plates per day
Roylan Development StoragePod® maintaining plates in dry/low O2 atmosphere and the drying of DMSO solutions post screening
Secure Data Analysis in an industry standard, secure database

Our Experts

Stuart McElroy

Stuart McElroy

Director of Biosciences

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Angus Morrison

Angus Morrison

Director of Chemistry

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Phil Jones

Phil Jones

CSO

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Publications

  • P Jones, S McElroy, A Morrison, A Pannifer. The importance of triaging in determining the quality of output from high-throughput screening. Future Medicinal Chemistry, 2015, Vol. 7, No. 14, Pages 1847-1852.
  • L Aitken, G Baillie, A Pannifer, A Morrison, P Jones, T Smith, S McElroy, F Gunn-Moore. In Vitro Assay Development and HTS of Small-Molecule Human ABAD/17beta-HSD10 Inhibitors as Therapeutics in Alzheimer’s Disease. SLAS Discovery, 2017, Volume 22, Issue 6, Pages 676-685
  • E Parnell, S McElroy, J Wiejak, G Baillie, A Porter, D Adams, H Rehmann, B Smith & S Yarwood. Identification of a Novel, Small Molecule Partial Agonist for the Cyclic AMP Sensor, EPAC1. Nature Scientific Reports 7, 2017, Article number: 294.
  • J. Besnard, P.S. Jones, A.L. Hopkins and A.D. Pannifer. The Joint European Compound Library: boosting precompetitive research. Drug Discovery Today; 20, 181, 2015.
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  • ESC Chemistry: F. MacLeod, A. Morrison, E. Beck, P. Jones, J. Hewitt, M. Matheson, J. Schulz, J. Robinson, L. Robinson, J. Gillespie, M. Huggett, M. Rajamanickam; ESC CMC: A. Pannifer, V. Hamon; ESC Biology: S. McElroy, M. Speake, G. Baillie, E. Russell, J. Rainard, A. Porter, G. Pandarakalam, N. Clark, D. Tegazzini. PPSC: H. Rutjes, C.A.A. van Boeckel, N. Smits, E. van Doornmalen, T. W. Lam, M. Bras, C. S. Schofield; J. J. Brem; M. A. McDonough, M. Van der Stelt, F. J. Janssen, P.P. Geurink, H. Ovaa, H. S. Overkleeft, A. C. M. van Esbroeck, M. P. Baggelaar, H. den Dulk; The European Lead Factory: A Collaborative Approach to Drug Discover
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Get In Touch

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Contact

Director of Chemistry

Dr Angus Morrison

Angus has over 15 years’ experience as a practising medicinal chemist leading both project and medicinal chemistry delivery in multinational and multidisciplinary teams.  In his most recent role as Head of Chemistry at the European Screening Centre Newhouse he was Medicinal Chemistry lead of the European Lead Factory project responsible for over 30 hit to leads programmes.  Prior to this Angus has held leadership roles at Organon, Schering-Plough, MSD, Prosidion and Redx Oncology. During his time in pre-clinical drug discovery he has had broad exposure and experience of working across a diverse range of therapeutic areas and target classes from hit generation to candidate nomination.  Angus has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Strathclyde University and carried out Postgraduate studies at Cambridge University. He is a co-author on over 30 papers and patents.

Director of Chemistry

Dr Angus Morrison

Angus has over 15 years’ experience as a practising medicinal chemist leading both project and medicinal chemistry delivery in multinational and multidisciplinary teams.  In his most recent role as Head of Chemistry at the European Screening Centre Newhouse he was Medicinal Chemistry lead of the European Lead Factory project responsible for over 30 hit to leads programmes.  Prior to this Angus has held leadership roles at Organon, Schering-Plough, MSD, Prosidion and Redx Oncology. During his time in pre-clinical drug discovery he has had broad exposure and experience of working across a diverse range of therapeutic areas and target classes from hit generation to candidate nomination.  Angus has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Strathclyde University and carried out Postgraduate studies at Cambridge University. He is a co-author on over 30 papers and patents..

Chief Commercial Officer

Dr Mike Piper

Mike is an experienced life sciences professional with a track record in sales and marketing strategy, general management, licensing and contract negotiation.  Mike was formerly Head of Sales and Marketing at CXR Biosciences, an investigative toxicology CRO. Following CXR’s acquisition by Concept Life Sciences in 2015 he became Vice President Business Development Safety & Toxicology.  Prior to his time at CXR, Mike worked in business development and licensing at the specialty pharmaceutical company Ardana plc, and held various pharmaceutical industry management consultancy roles at ZS Associates, Deloitte and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting.  Mike has a PhD in genomics from the University of Cambridge, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr Phil Jones

Phil has over 30 years medicinal chemistry and drug discovery experience from Roche, Organon, Schering-Plough, Merck and the University of Dundee including senior roles as Executive Director and Acting Site Head. He was a member of the Research Leadership Council at Schering-Plough. Numerous clinical candidates resulted from groups for which he was responsible. These span a broad range of target families and therapeutic areas. He has led the European Screening Centre team at Biocity Scotland, Newhouse for the past 5 years and this group plays a key role in delivering validated hit series for SMEs and academics through the IMI funded European Lead Factory. Phil’s postgraduate studies were carried out at the University of Manchester and Imperial College. Phil was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2005, he chaired the Medicinal Chemistry interest group of the Royal Society of Chemistry for 8 years, chaired the organising committee of the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry – International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC) in 2016 and sat on the Executive Committee of the EFMC for four years. He is a co-author on over 70 scientific papers and patents.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr Phil Jones

Phil has over 30 years medicinal chemistry and drug discovery experience from Roche, Organon, Schering-Plough, Merck and the University of Dundee including senior roles as Executive Director and Acting Site Head. He was a member of the Research Leadership Council at Schering-Plough. Numerous clinical candidates resulted from groups for which he was responsible. These span a broad range of target families and therapeutic areas. He has led the European Screening Centre team at Biocity Scotland, Newhouse for the past 5 years and this group plays a key role in delivering validated hit series for SMEs and academics through the IMI funded European Lead Factory. Phil’s postgraduate studies were carried out at the University of Manchester and Imperial College. Phil was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2005, he chaired the Medicinal Chemistry interest group of the Royal Society of Chemistry for 8 years, chaired the organising committee of the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry – International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC) in 2016 and sat on the Executive Committee of the EFMC for four years. He is a co-author on over 70 scientific papers and patents.

Director of Biosciences

Dr Stuart McElroy

With over 12 years working in drug discovery Stuart has extensive experience of developing and trouble-shooting novel screening assays, designing screening cascades, compound screening, hit validation and supporting hit to lead and lead optimisation programs. Throughout the 5 years of the European Lead Factory project he held the position of Head of Biology at the European Screening Centre (ESC), leading a team of bioscientists in prosecuting and triaging the output of over 90 high throughput screens across all major target classes and disease indications. Prior to this Stuart helped establish the Dundee Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) where he spent 7 years as a project and then team leader working across a wide array of novel drug targets and assays. He also had a leading operational role in DDU-Industry partnerships with both large pharma and SMEs.

Director of Biosciences

Dr Stuart McElroy

With over 12 years working in drug discovery Stuart has extensive experience of developing and trouble-shooting novel screening assays, designing screening cascades, compound screening, hit validation and supporting hit to lead and lead optimisation programs. Throughout the 5 years of the European Lead Factory project he held the position of Head of Biology at the European Screening Centre (ESC), leading a team of bioscientists in prosecuting and triaging the output of over 90 high throughput screens across all major target classes and disease indications. Prior to this Stuart helped establish the Dundee Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) where he spent 7 years as a project and then team leader working across a wide array of novel drug targets and assays. He also had a leading operational role in DDU-Industry partnerships with both large pharma and SMEs.

Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder

Dr Sylviane Boucharens

Sylviane has more than 20 years’ experience in scientific research and drug discovery environment. Sylviane has a track record in building and leading outstanding and productive teams into seamless successful enterprises in start-up and medium and large pharma environment. Prior to BioAscent Sylviane was Head of Global Compound repository and in-vitro Screening (Merck Sharp & Dohme, Newhouse Scotland). She was also responsible for managing a portfolio of early Drug Discovery projects in Cardiovascular from Target Identification and validation to Lead Optimisation. Sylviane attained her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, followed by post-doctoral positions at the INSERM U366 Laboratory, France and University of Manchester, UK under the Wellcome Trust International Fellowship.

Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder

Dr Sylviane Boucharens

Sylviane has more than 20 years’ experience in scientific research and drug discovery environment. Sylviane has a track record in building and leading outstanding and productive teams into seamless successful enterprises in start-up and medium and large pharma environment. Prior to BioAscent Sylviane was Head of Global Compound repository and in-vitro Screening (Merck Sharp & Dohme, Newhouse Scotland). She was also responsible for managing a portfolio of early Drug Discovery projects in Cardiovascular from Target Identification and validation to Lead Optimisation. Sylviane attained her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, followed by post-doctoral positions at the INSERM U366 Laboratory, France and University of Manchester, UK under the Wellcome Trust International Fellowship.

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Smith

An experienced Senior Executive with both General Management and Business Development experience in the pharmaceutical/CRO arena. Paul has an understanding of the drug development process from discovery to clinical research gained through more than 29 years in the CRO/pharmaceutical sector. A strategic thinker and management professional with experience gained in both small and large companies and with recent start-up experience including leading  funding discussions with VCs and other corporate finance groups. Paul recently turned around and sold CXR Biosciences to Concept Lifesciences in late 2015. Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, 2013.