Representatives of Lhasa Limited have attended a reception at Buckingham Palace for the second year in a row.
Dave Watson (right), the outgoing CEO of Lhasa Limited and Dr Thierry Hanser (left), a Cheminformatics research leader attended the reception for the winners of the 2017 Queen’s Award for Enterprise on Tuesday July 11th.
All the award winners were given the opportunity to explore some of Buckingham Palace’s State rooms, enjoying paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. Members of the Royal Family including Her Majesty the Queen and Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal circulated with guests.
Dr Hanser and Mr Watson had the opportunity to talk to Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex and explain Lhasa’s work and the benefits it delivers to its members in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and chemistry-related industries.
Lhasa received the award for Innovation in recognition of its development of the statistical-based software, Sarah Nexus, which gives accurate mutagenicity predictions and can be used as part of an ICH M7 workflow.
Dr Hanser was selected to attend the reception alongside Mr Watson in recognition of his role in the development of Sarah Nexus. Following an internal challenge to the research leaders at Lhasa to put forward ideas for a new product or software, Dr Hanser proposed and later developed the technology behind Sarah Nexus, which has gone on to enable early, accurate in silico toxicity testing and therefore provide Lhasa members with a quick, inexpensive way to identify potentially toxic chemicals and assist them in rejecting unsuitable drug candidates.
Last year Lhasa received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation for its expert knowledge-based software system Derek Nexus.
Mr Watson said: “It was an honour to be asked to represent Lhasa at the Buckingham Palace reception as one of my final formal duties before I retire. Thierry and I had the opportunity to speak to other winners and it is fantastic that for the second year in a row Lhasa has been given such a brilliant platform to be able to talk about its work.”
Lhasa will be officially presented with the Queen’s Award later in the year.