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Simon Ward has an MA in Natural Sciences and PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from Cambridge University, UK. He has wide-ranging experience of drug discovery in both large and small companies (BioCrea GmbH, GlaxoSmithKline, Knoll Pharmaceuticals, Vernalis, Chiroscience) and academia, and specialist experience of discovering and developing drugs for central nervous system indications. He has led multidisciplinary project teams and medicinal chemistry groups from target identification, through to early clinical studies, delivering multiple clinical development candidates across indications. Simon is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Simon is currently professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Sussex, UK and Director of the Sussex Drug Discovery Group, which he established within the University of Sussex in 2010.