BioAscent’s COO, Sylviane Boucharens named in top 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness

NEWHOUSE, UK :BioAscent Discovery Limited’s ( COO, Dr Sylviane Boucharens, has been included in the BioBeat 2018 list of 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness. Her nomination follows an incredibly successful year in which she has spearheaded the company’s expansion to become a fully integrated drug discovery CRO.

Co-founded by Dr Boucharens in 2013, BioAscent initially focused on compound management. With outsourced drug discoverygrowing year-on-year, in 2018 the company enacted its plan to extend services to include both medicinal chemistry and in vitrobiosciences, together with DMPK through a collaboration with XenoGesis. To lead this expanded service offering, the company made new appointments to the senior management team including Dr Phil Jones, CSO; Dr Angus Morrison, Director of Chemistry; and Dr Stuart McElroy, Director of Biosciences.

In June, BioAscent also secured £1.6m in funding from Maven Capital Partners to facilitate the company’s development through its unique offering of integrated drug discovery and compound management services.

“2018 has been the most significant year to date for us,” said Dr Boucharens. “With our experienced team and state-of-the-art facilities, BioAscent now offers specialised services in assay development, screening, medicinal & synthetic chemistry, computational chemistry and compound management. In addition, our on-site Compound Cloud library has become the ‘go-to’ source of IP-free, lead-like pharma compounds for more and more companies. This means we can work with clients right from the earliest stages of target identification to preclinical and clinical candidate development, in all major target classes and therapeutic indications.”

Paul Smith, BioAscent’s CEO, said: “Our world-class expertise and proven ability to deliver make BioAscent an ideal partner for outsourced drug discovery. We save smaller companies from having to develop costly drug discovery capability, while larger pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies benefit from the increased cost-effectiveness, flexibility and efficiency compared to developing in-house infrastructure and research staff. Ours is a unique offering and our vision is to become a global powerhouse for the outsourced discovery of innovative medicines.”

The BioBeat 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2018 report emphasises the current role of women in leading, inspiring and innovating to ensure new technologies and treatments continue to improve UK research, health and society.

For more information about BioAscent’s integrated drug discovery services, visit

Editors’ Notes

BioAscent Discovery Ltd.

Founded in 2013, BioAscent is a leading provider of integrated drug discovery services based at the former Organon / Merck Sharpe and Dohme (MSD) R&D site in Newhouse, Scotland. Our drug discovery services include de novo assay development, target analysis and bespoke screening strategies, compound screening, medicinal and synthetic chemistry, computational chemistry and data management. Our team of expert scientists has experience of successfully working from assay development through to preclinical and clinical candidates across all biological target classes and major therapeutic indications. As part of its compound management service, BioAscent currently holds and manages over 1 million compounds for our customers, in both liquid and solid formats. Through the Compound Cloud service, the company provides rapid access to an IP-free library of ~125,000 lead like compounds in screening-ready format.  Since 2013, the BioAscent team has been responsible for:

    >100 biochemical and biophysical assays for drug discovery projects

    >50 hit validation/characterisation projects

    >30 hit-to-lead campaigns

    >80,000 screening plates delivered to our global customers/partners

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