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Whenever generation of a complete gene knock-out (e.g. via CRISPR/Cas9) is either lethal or linked to induction of unfavourable compensatory mechanisms, a more regulated way of amending the function of a gene of interest (GOI) could be attained through RNA interference (RNAi). RNAi relies on engagement of endogenous RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) and Argonaute (Ago) endonuclease to initiate sequence-specific degradation of a host’s mRNA, guided by small exogenously-introduced RNAs. We can generate knock-down of a GOI using either small interfering RNAs (siRNA) or small hairpin RNAs (shRNA). With siRNA we can quickly generate a transient reversible knock down of a GOI. Whereas shRNAs are suitable for lentiviral cloning, allowing stable and inducible integration into host’s genome, overcoming adverse effects of transient over-expression, while also lasting for longer.

o2h team can:

  • Design siRNAs and shRNAs
  • Perform transient or stable gene knock-down using lentiviral cloning
  • Determine phenotype of knock-down cells with a choice of redouts (including gene-reporters, immuno-assays, imaging analysis)
  • Validate targets and their engagement with small molecules

To know more about our biology services offering or to request our brochure, please reach out to us at discovery@o2h.com.

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prashant shah

Prashant Shah

CEO - o2h discovery and Co-Founder - o2h group

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Prashant Shah

CEO - o2h discovery and Co-Founder - o2h group

Prashant is a serial entrepreneur in life sciences and tech in which one of those companies was acquired by a public company. He is currently active in seed investing (a portfolio of ~50 companies), product/IP development, services, and building lab/office infrastructure. The early career was with the Strategy group at Accenture. He has a BEng, an MSc, in which he worked on the Human Genome Program at the Sanger Centre, and an MPhil in Management from the Judge Institute. Prashant is also a General Partner in the o2h SEIS/EIS Human Health Funds.


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Sunil Shah

CEO - o2h Ventures and Co-Founder - o2h discovery

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Sunil Shah

CEO - o2h Ventures and Co-Founder - o2h discovery

A serial entrepreneur having begun a career in the Life Sciences team at PA Consulting group followed by co-founding two companies in the information technology and life sciences sector. The second of these companies, Oxygen Healthcare Ltd was acquired by Piramal Enterprises Ltd (BSE: PEL). Sunil co-founded o2h ventures which involves discovery services / collaborations, seeding drug discovery, academic in-licensing and biotechnology incubation. Sunil has a degree in Biochemistry and an MBA from Cambridge University


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Andy Morley

Andy Morley

Chief Scientific Officer

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Andy Morley

Chief Scientific Officer

Andy is a highly experienced and accomplished Medicinal Chemist with over 25 years of experience in major pharmaceutical companies such as Sanofi-Aventis and AstraZeneca. He has extensive experience across all phases of drug discovery and has played a key role in the development of five candidates that have reached clinical trials. Andy is a prolific author and inventor, with over 55 publications and patents to his name. Since 2013, he has been working full-time with o2h Limited, where he leads the scientific evaluation of investment opportunities and provides scientific support. He has also served as CSO for two early-stage collaborations within the o2h Ventures portfolio, demonstrating his ability to successfully guide drug discovery projects from concept to clinical development.


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David Davies

Head of Medicinal Chemistry

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David Davies

Head of Medicinal Chemistry

David Davies has 25 years of experience in medicinal chemistry within the pharmaceutical industry with a focus on the antibacterial area (clavulanates, penicillinates, pseudomonates and bacterial topoisomerase inhibitors). He previously worked at GSK and currently holds a part-time academic position at University College London (UCL). He served as the Head of Medicinal Chemistry at Antabio for nearly a decade, specialising in antibacterial research, and has extensive experience managing chemistry projects in multiple countries including France, UK, India and China. He is the inventor of 40 patents and has authored 37 publications.


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