Dr. Richard Williams, Chief Scientific Officer
Name: Richard Williams
Job Title: Chief Scientific Officer
I’m an organic chemist by training and a chemical toxicologist through practice. I’ve been at Lhasa Limited since 2004, where I’ve progressed through the science team to become the Chief Scientific Officer in 2017.
My early work at Lhasa focused on the prediction of genotoxicity (mutagenicity, chromosome damage) through the derivation of structural alerts and I was fortunate to be in a collaboration with world leading genetic toxicologists (Drs Hayashi and Honma). More alert writing, and peer review, increased the scope of my endpoint knowledge (e.g. carcinogenicity, skin sensitisation, phototoxicity) and I’ve also led development work around negative predictions and ICH M7 workflows. Despite no longer being directly involved in alert writing, I’ve retained my interest genetic toxicology, e.g. I serve as secretary of UK’s Industrial Genotoxicology Group (IGG) and have been part of the International Workgroups on Genotoxicity Testing (IWGT).
Immediately prior to taking up the CSO position, I was overseeing the science that provides the engine to our products, including Derek Nexus. Now I lead Lhasa’s talented team of scientists. It’s an exciting time for the science team with lots of opportunities to deliver world-class innovations and make a real impact on Lhasa’s future.
I get to Lhasa on my bike, up and down the hills between Bradford and Leeds. When I’m not there, I spend a surprising amount of taxiing my son between football practice and swimming, though I try to find some time for walking in the Dales and reading (books, not Berkshire).