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David Moody (CEO)


David Moody gained his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1986. Since then, his roles have included inventor, developer of technology and leader of research programmes in ICI, Zeneca and Avecia. His career has covered small molecule and biomolecule APIs and pharma fine chem intermediates in scales ranging from mgs to tonnes.


David is the sole or co-inventor on patents covering small molecule APIs, chiral chemistry, oligonucleotides and, more recently, peptide and polymer science.


David's commercial background is wide-ranging. As Director of New Technology Ventures at Avecia from 2000 – 2003, he was responsible for the development and commercialisation of the company's technology portfolio.


David was VP Commercial Operations at Almac Sciences between 2004 and 2008. During this time he was responsible for the launch of several successful pharma service businesses. David also led Almac Sciences’ peptide business.


David formed TechnoPep to bring cost-effective, scalable peptide synthesis tools to chemists in pharmaceutical companies worldwide.


Laurence Harwood (CSO)


Laurence obtained a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from Manchester and then spent two years at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris before returning to Manchester as a lecturer. In 1983 he moved to a lectureship in Oxford where he took up a fellowship at Merton College. In 1995 he moved to the Chair of Organic Chemistry at Reading University, where he remains.


Laurence has been UK Regional Editor for Synlett since 2001.


Laurence's scientific interests span the whole range of natural product and small molecule total synthesis and synthetic methodology. He has worked  for much of his career in the specific area of enantiocontrolled synthesis of non-proteinogenic amino acids. It was this work that led him into peptide and protein chemistry. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications and has authored or co-authored four text-books.  


Laurence joined TechnoPep after a period of scientific collaboration with David Moody.


Laurence has received many awards including:


Hibbert Memorial Prize 1979

Oxford University Pump Priming Research Award 1985

ICI Strategic Research Award 1991-93

Pfizer Prize 1992

Pfizer Research Award 1994, 1996 and 2002

Syngenta Research Award 2002


Rosaleen McGuckin (Director)


Rosaleen McGuckin has a PhD in Organic Chemistry. She has had a seven-year career as a development chemist with Pfizer, and a three-year technical leadership role with SynGal.


Rosaleen also has wide-ranging commercial experience. She was VP Business Development at Almac Sciences from 2000 to 2009. She has developed and grown markets in Europe, the US and Japan. Rosaleen has had extensive experience and success in the Japanese market. Rosaleen joined TechnoPep at its foundation. Indeed, Rosaleen can justifiably claim to be one of the longest standing and most successful commercialisers of UK technology ... worldwide.

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