Will Farnaby

Staff Position: 
Team Leader - Medicinal Chemist / Chemical Biologist
MChem (Hons) Chemistry (2008), University of Manchester
Ph.D. in Chemistry & Drug Discovery (2019), University of Dundee

Will is an experienced medicinal chemist from Birmingham, England and completed his MChem degree at the University of Manchester. Whilst there he completed his MChem research project with Professor Jonathan Clayden studying the synthesis of Clemastine via a stereospecific intramolecular electrophilic arylation as well as a 12 month synthetic chemistry placement with AstraZeneca. He then joined Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and during 8 years there became a senior scientist making key contributions to a number of successful drug discovery projects, including two candidates currently under clinical investigation within the CNS therapeutic area. He is now leading a multi-disciplinary team as part of a collaboration between Prof. Ciulli and Boehringer Ingelheim. Free time is spent with his family, playing cricket or watching horse-racing.