Dr Joanne McCudden United Kingdom

Domainex is an integrated drug discovery services company, which uses its medicinal chemistry expertise, its in silico hit screening approach and proprietary discovery technology platform, CDH, to improve efficiency in developing drug candidates.

- Combinatorial Domain Hunting (CDH), enables the fast identification of expressible (in E.coli or baculovirus) domains of drug target protein, which are able to bind ligand.

- LeadBuilder, is a state-of-the-art virtual screening capability that identifies compounds with "lead-like" properties, ideal for progressing to drug candidates and saving 6-12 months on standard approaches.

The identified protein domains are  used to quickly develop binding/activity assays for use in small molecule hit screening and/or to provide protein for structural studies. This entire process only takes 4-5 months for novel drug targets and so can quickly de-rate limit exciting and challenging drug discovery programs. Domainex's approach enhances drug discovery projects from target expression to small molecule lead optimization. Its success is illustrated by the number of drug candidates it has developed with 6 projects reaching Candidate Drug in the last 4 years (3 currently in the clinic). This success has been due to Domainex's focus on high quality, intelligence-driven drug design, supported by the expertise of its scientists.

Doaminex also has an internal pipeline of novel cancer therapeutics.  The lead program is available for licensing and is a kinase inhibitor against the targets TBK1/IKKe.  Earlier programs in Domainex's pipeline include a number of epigenetic targets, such as the lysine methyltransferase, G9a.

Organisation Type
Domainex Ltd
Head of Business Development 

Dr Dave Mead United Kingdom

Novozymes Biopharma develops and manufactures sustainable, safe, biological based ingredients and technologies to provide pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers the knowledge-based solutions needed to address the challenges in developing innovative, safer, and more consistent final products. The company's large-scale manufacturing facilities worldwide are run to cGMP Q7 quality standards to ensure that customers receive the highest level of product quality and consistency, as well as the security of long-term supply. Novozymes’ customer-integrated approach combines the company’s scientific know-how and the specific needs of customers to deliver improved products and performance. By combining Novozymes’ unique knowledge around our biological solutions such as recombinant albumin, half-life extension and hyaluronic acid with the specific application knowledge of our customers, we work with companies to deliver improved performance and safety for next generation of medical device and pharmaceutical products.

Organisation Type
Novozymes Biopharma
Business Development Director