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ValiRx news round-up: October 2023

6 Nov 2023


This ValiRx news round-up covers our news, updates, and highlights from October.

This month was another busy one for the team, seeing us attend ELRIG Drug Discovery - a flagship event in the drug discovery sector.

If you'd like to discuss any of our updates, please contact ValiRx CEO Dr Suzy Dilly who will be happy to help.

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day

Through celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), Ada Lovelace Day aims to raise the profile of women in STEM, and in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls to pursue STEM careers.

To mark Ada Lovelace Day on 10 October 2023, we sat down with ValiRx preclinical project manager, Zai Ahmad, to discuss her experiences and the STEM landscape for women.

Read the article here.

ValiRx and Inaphaea attend ELRIG

On 18-19 October, ValiRx and Inaphaea's Andrew Carnegie, Mark Treharne, Zai Ahmad, and Cathy Tralau-Stewart attended ELRIG's Drug Discovery conference, held at Liverpool's ACC Exhibition Centre.

There were some excellent talks, with a particular emphasis on the role of human disease models in drug discovery. Some highlights for the team included:

  • A great session from Cancer Research Horizons, chaired by Stuart Farrow and Emma Carswell titled ‘Transforming cancer drug discovery’
  • Insightful presentations on genomics in drug discovery from Slavé Petrovski (AstraZeneca) and David Michalovich (Independent)
  • Discussions regarding the development of PROTACs from Kirsten McAulay, University of Dundee
  • An excellent presentation on the challenges of antibiotics discovery & development from David Powell (LifeArc) which finished with an exciting announcement of the £30M AMR initiative fund

It was great to speak to fellow industry professionals and attendees who stopped by Inaphaea’s booth in the innovation zone.

University students complete placements at Inaphaea

In September, we welcomed two students from the University of Nottingham to undertake two-week placements within the lab. The students, Daniel Abegunde and Jozaine Fenton, received a hands-on placement experience working within Inaphaea’s new lab facilities in MediCity, Nottingham. 

Both students were eager to learn about all aspects of working in the lab and were able to build on skills acquired during their degrees as they shadowed the Inaphaea scientists.

Find out more about Daniel and Jozaine's experiences in our blog here.

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