Richard is a medicinal chemist with over 20 years experience in the drug discovery industry, first in big pharma (GSK) and recently as a consultant. He has expertise across a wide range of therapeutic areas and contributed to many candidate selections. He has wide knowledge of hit-to-lead and lead-optimisation phases of drug discovery and is well recognised in the integrin field. He has co-organised several RSC medicinal chemistry conferences on Fibrosis in 2015 and 2017 and on Integrins in 2019. He is an honorary lecturer in medicinal chemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and has additional interests in bibliometric analyses and trends in medicinal chemistry.
Simon has over 30 years experience at GSK in drug discovery across many therapeutic areas and routes of delivery with a track record for innovation and working cross-discipline and cross-institutions. He has significant expertise in delivering clinical candidates, managing collaborations and in organising and teaching undergraduate courses.
As a Director in Medicinal Chemistry in the Fibrosis Discovery Performance Unit at GSK, Simon led the drug discovery team that delivered multiple integrin clinical candidates. He was one of the most published medicinal chemists in GSK worldwide with over 100 publications including 34 patents (h-index of 30). With a long track record of collaboration, he was the GSK lead for the successful 2019 £12.8m EPSRC Prosperity Partnership grant with the Universities of Nottingham and Strathclyde.
His most recent publications describe integrin drug discovery including high impact factor reviews. He is also co-author on a series of highly cited papers about aromatic ring count developability in drug discovery. For the past nine years, Simon has been a visiting professor at the University of Nottingham where he co-led bespoke undergraduate teaching modules in live drug discovery programmes and was co-awarded the Lord Dearing Prize for teaching in 2017.