Dr Iain Greig

Dr Iain Greig

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Dr Iain Greig
Dr Iain Greig

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The University of Aberdeen IMS 6.35 Tel 01224 437370

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/kosterlitz/ 

Biography

I am a medicinal chemist involved in small molecule drug discovery, with an interest in developing and commercialising new treatments for a number of different diseases.  I have developed novel treatments for a wide range of disorders including: heart failure, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, neurodegeneration, and a project which is developing a first-in-class treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, which was recently licensed to Johnson and Johnson, in a deal potentially worth over $300 million.  Current drug discovery projects include development of agonists/antagonists for a number of orphan GPCRs with a role in cancer and autoimmune disease; development of allosteric modulators of the cannabinoid receptors for the treatment of neuropathic pain and type-2 diabetes; and novel drugs for the prevention of neurodegeneration and treatment of multiple sclerosis. 

My broader role within the Institute, as Head of Operations for the Kosterlitz Centre for Therapeutics, is to provide the expertise which allows us to identify the opportunities for target validation and drug discovery, to coordinate and fund the required multidisciplinary studies, and to manage the associated intellectual property and commercial aspects.  Alongside medicinal chemistry and pharmacology, I have a background in physical organic chemistry at the University of St. Andrews and biophysics at Cornell University. I also have an interest and involvement in the commercialisation process and was awarded a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship to provide the requisite experience, prior to founding two University of Aberdeen spin-out companies, OsteoRx (rheumatoid arthritis) and Signal Pharma (heart failure and inflammatory / neuropathic pain).  

Following on from two UK-Canada Collaboration Development awards from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, I am a regular Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto and have a number of joint research collaborations for drug discovery projects.

On a personal level, I am a keen mountaineer and have climbed various peaks in the Himalayas, Andes, Rockies and Cascades.  Recent high points have been the stunning Illimani in Bolivia (6439m, 2012) and Ojos Del Salado, the world's highest volcano, in Chile (6893m, 2015).

  

Research

Research Interests

Drug Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Intellectual Property Management, Commercialisation

Current Research

Novel small molecule drugs for the treatment of:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthitis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and steatohepatitis 
  • Heart Failure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer, expecially metastatic breast cancer
  • Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders
  • Neuropathic and inflammatory pain
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity and other addictive disorders

Collaborations

The Kosterlitz Centre for Therapeutics has close links to the Toronto Centre for Collaborative Drug Research and I have a number of collaborative projects with the University of Toronto and affliated hospitals.

Research Grants

Multiple Sclerosis Society: Identification and Characterization of Small Molecules for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, (2017-2019) $838k

 

Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Proof of Principle Phase II : Development and Commercialisation of a Novel Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, (2016-2018) $599k

 

Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Proof of Principle Phase I: Development and Validation of GPR55 Modulators for the Treatment Osteoclast-Mediated Disorders, (2016 - 2018), $155,600

 

BBSRC Follow-on Fund: Discovery that a dual-action screen (genomic/non-genomic) identifies retinoic acid receptor ligands of highest neurotrophic potency, (2017 - 2019), £249,710

 

Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Proof of Principle Phase II: Development and Commercialisation of Allosteric Modulators for the Treatment of Pain, (2015 - 2018), $489,920

Medical Research Council, Confidence in Concept: The Aberdeen Translational Accelerator Fund: bridging biomedical innovation and translational impact, (2015 – 2016), £200,000

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK-Canada Collaboration Development Awards, (2014 and 2015)

Signal Pharma Ltd: Development of a novel treatment for heart failure; (2013-2017), £151,274

Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Proof of Principle Phase I: Development and Testing of Small Molecule Allosteric Modulators for the Treatment of Pain, (2013–2014), $157,999

MSD SULSA Postdoctoral Fellowship: Development and Application of new fluorination techniques in the synthesis of therapeutics and diagnostics. (2013 – 2015)

MSD SULSA Postdoctoral Fellowship: Identification of compounds to interfere with chitin synthesis.  (2013 – 2014)

MSD SULSA, PhD Studentship: A Novel Hypothalamic Receptor in Obesity and Metabolic Health, (2012-2015)

Tenovus, PhD Studentship: A Novel glutamate receptor. (2012 – 2015)

BBSRC: Development and Testing of Peripherally-restricted small molecule allosteric Inhibitors of the Cannabinoid CB1 Receptor, (2011 – 2012)

Development Trust: A novel therapy for diastolic heart failure, (2011 - 2013)

SULSA: Fragment-based Screening for Development of Inhibitors targeting a Vulnerable Epitope on HIV-1 Envelope Glycoprotein, (2012-2013)

SULSA Chemistry Catalyst Fund:  Development of stable tumour-targeting peptide vectors;  (2011)

SULSA Chemistry Catalyst Fund: Development of novel DDAH inhibitors for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases; (2011)

SULSA Chemistry Catalyst Fund:  Peripherally-restricted CB1 Allosteric Inhibitors for the Treatment of Type-2 Diabetes; (2011)

Development Trust: Commercial Validation of Kosterlitz Centre for Therapeutics Projects; Greig IR, Ross RA, Bewick G; Zanda M, Gow N (2011 - 2012)

Knowledge Transfer Grant: Screening of a Natural Product Library for Novel Chemotherapeutic Agents; (2010)

Parkinson's Disease Society:   Assessment of a novel lead structure for the neuroprotective treatment of Parkinson's disease; (2010 - 2011)

Knowledge Transfer Grant: A Novel Retinoid Receptor with Therapeutic Potential;  (2010) 

BBSRC: Development and Testing of Small Molecule Allosteric Enhancers of the Cannabinoid CB1 Receptor; (2009 – 2010)

Knowledge Transfer Grant: Novel HTS platform for drug discovery in neurodegenerative disease; (2009)

NESTech (Scottish Universities Challenge Fund): Targeting novel receptors involved in metastatic breast cancer; (2009 - 2010)

SULSA: Discovery of lead small molecules targeting the allosteric binding site on the cannabinoid CB1 receptor; (2009)

Knowledge Transfer Grant: Allosteric modulators of the cannabinoid receptors for pain relief;  (2008)

NESTech (Scottish Universities Challenge Fund): A Novel treatment for obesity; (2008 - 2009)

Modern Biosciences: Novel Anti-inflammatory agents; (2007 – 2010)

Knowledge Transfer Grant: A Neuroprotective therapy for Parkinson's disease; (2007)

Knowledge Transfer Grant: Commercialisation of Cannabinoid-based projects; (2006 – 2008)

NESTech (Scottish Universities Challenge Fund): Novel Bone Resorption Inhibitors;  (2006 – 2008)

Arthritis Research Campaign: Small molecule inhibitors of TNF signalling as novel anti-rheumatic agents; (2005 – 2007)

Scottish Enterprise, Proof of Concept Follow on: Novel Bone Resorption Inhibitors; (2005 – 2006)

Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship in Biotechnology: Novel therapeutic agents for bone disease; (2003 – 2004)

Scottish Enterprise, Proof of concept: Novel Bone Resorption Inhibitors: (2002 - 2004)

Publications

Publications 

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