Navigation Links
Dr. Yolanda Chong Joins Recursion Pharmaceuticals to Advance Discovery Platform
Date:4/18/2017

SALT LAKE CITY, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Recursion Pharmaceuticals, an emerging biotechnology company that combines innovative biological science with machine learning techniques to discover treatments for rare genetic diseases, today announced it has hired Dr. Yolanda Chong as vice president of biology. Chong joins the company after six years at Johnson & Johnson in Belgium, where as a principal scientist, she led a team that focused on applying high-dimensional biological approaches to the small molecule lead discovery pipeline.

Chong graduated from the University of Toronto with a Ph.D. in plant molecular biology and completed postdoctoral studies in yeast systems biology at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research. She was recruited to Johnson & Johnson in 2011, and worked to modernize their high-content screening platform and bring cutting edge approaches for phenotypic drug discovery to the company's Belgian research site. In her new role at Recursion, Chong will oversee the development of new applications of Recursion's discovery platform, expanding the company's capabilities into important new therapeutic indications including inflammation, infectious disease, diseases of aging and oncology.

"Being part of the medical and pharmaceutical industry, I've seen firsthand how much time it can take for a drug to go from the research and discovery phase into the market, to help those who really need it," Chong said. "I was especially taken with Recursion because of their ability to speed up the process and pinpoint treatments for diseases so quickly, and am excited to contribute my knowledge and experience to projects that will be beneficial to those who need it most."

One of Recursion Pharmaceutical's early focus areas is to harness the power of technology to repurpose drugs, mapping them to rare conditions and providing treatments to diseases once thought untreatable. By using machine learning technology and focusing on drugs for which a large quantity of data is already available, such as shelved assets and compounds previously approved by the FDA, Recursion is hopeful that they will be able to bring new treatments to conditions exponentially faster than previous research methods.

"I'm delighted that Yolanda has joined our leadership team here at Recursion. We are striving to industrialize the drug discovery process across diverse therapeutic areas, which is a massive mission," said Chris Gibson, CEO and co-founder of Recursion. "Having incredibly talented individuals like Yolanda is exactly how we will continue to grow, improve and ultimately help turn around the trend of declining R&D efficiency in the Biopharma industry."

Recursion Pharmaceuticals is experiencing an incredible period of growth. In the first quarter of 2017 alone, the company has conducted drug screens across more than 30 disease models. This screening and prior validation work in orthogonal assays has resulted in Recursion more than tripling its discovery and preclinical pipeline from six to more than 20 programs in less than eight months.

About Recursion Pharmaceuticals
Recursion Pharmaceuticals is a Salt Lake City-based biotechnology company. Recursion combines experimental biology and bioinformatics with artificial intelligence in a massively parallel system to quickly and efficiently identify treatments for any disease which can be modeled at the cellular level. From its initial and continued focus on drug repurposing to treat rare diseases, Recursion has broadened its platform to probe rich data from high-throughput automated screens for a number of indications, including aging, inflammation, infectious disease, oncology, and diagnostics. Learn more at www.recursionpharma.com, or connect on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

McKenzie Haggard
1-801-850-3624
mckenzie@methodcommunications.com

 

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dr-yolanda-chong-joins-recursion-pharmaceuticals-to-advance-discovery-platform-300440722.html


'/>"/>
SOURCE Recursion Pharmaceuticals
Copyright©2017 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved


Related medicine technology :

1. Athenex Completes Public/Private Partnership Agreement With Chongqing, China To Construct Two New Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plants
2. Life Science Industry Veteran Stephane Bancel Joins Flagship Ventures
3. Ameritox Joins with Progressive Medical in Urine Drug Monitoring Network to Help Improve Care of Injured Workers
4. Specialty Operations Solutions joins The WorkingBuildings Companies
5. Dr. M. Fatih Yanik joins Intellimedix
6. Romanoff Joins Innovative Statewide Program to Combat Abuse of Prescription Pain Medications
7. Mylan Specialty L.P. Joins Forces with Adrian Peterson and Jo Frost to Launch Anaphylaxis Preparedness Campaign
8. Tom Dugan Joins SurgiQuest, Inc. as President and Chief Commercialization Officer
9. Dr. Richard Popiel Joins Care Team Connects Board of Directors
10. Jay Shreiner Joins NxStage Board of Directors
11. Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center Joins Elekta and Philips Research Consortium on MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/4/2017)... to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza vaccination ... is helping communities across Massachusetts , Connecticut ... flu shots through the end of the month. *Some exclusions ... ... shot is by the end of October, according to the Centers for ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, ... 8th Day Software and Consulting, LLC , and named ... 8th Day Software, based in Tennessee , ... 8th Day expands EnvoyHealth,s service offerings for health care ... "In an interoperable ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017  AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, the combined central specialty ... pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime), today officially ... the unveiling of new signage at its headquarters in ... at a few other company-owned facilities across the country. ... some of whom will begin to see the AllianceRx ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission ... lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” ... the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class of ladies ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one ... U.S., announced today its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at ... former Rooms To Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... , ... Asante, a nationally recognized health system in southern ... home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, 2017, to create ... health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the past eight years. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Leading pediatric oncology experts at Children’s National ... 49th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Oct. 12-15. ... for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National, and Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... property taxes a year. In some states—like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, ... many overseas retirement havens have extremely low property-tax rates, which contributes to the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):