Neuroscience firm’s arrival in Newcastle could fast track drug discoveries, supporters say

A neuroscience specialist is setting up its UK headquarters at Newcastle’s Science Central in a move which could fast track drug discoveries.

Neuroexpert Ltd is a leading provider of expertise in neuroscience – the study of the nervous system – which was set up six years ago by Dr Stuart Neale.

The firm now works with companies ranging from small biotech firms to top pharmaceuticals in North America, Asia and Europe, providing expertise that can help the progress of drug discovery projects at all stages.

Now the firm and its team has joined the growing life science hub, after relocating the company’s core services to Newcastle’s The Core building.

It will also collaborate with Newcastle University to expand its service, providing data to aid successful neuroscience drug discovery and research, and to support the development of treatments for diseases of the brain and nervous system.

Founder and CEO Dr Stuart Neale said: “The vital and thriving neuroscience research community at Newcastle University is a stimulating unique environment to support the development of novel medicines, providing a synergy between basic and clinical science, and we are delighted and excited to be working here.”

Professor Mark Cunningham, of Newcastle University, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Neuroexpert in terms of delivering high quality research focused on drug development for diseases of the brain.

“The combination of our electrophysiology skill sets and techniques and those available from Neuroexpert will provide a number of innovative platforms that will bridge the translational gap and ultimately facilitate providing better treatments for patients.”

The North East life science and healthcare sectors are significant jobs contributors, employing over 5,000 people in almost 200 businesses and is increasingly recognised as a key cluster in the UK with a higher density of Life Science companies than London.

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