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Dr. Allan Jordan joined the CRUK Manchester Institute Drug Discovery Centre in July 2009 as head of Chemistry. He gained a BSc in Chemistry from UMIST in 1993 and, after a short spell as a teaching assistant in Arizona, he returned to UMIST to conduct post-graduate research in anti-cancer natural products. Following post-doctoral work at the University of Reading, he joined Vernalis in Cambridge where he worked on a wide variety of projects. He has been involved in the delivery of eight pre-clinical candidates, of which four have successfully entered human clinical trials. In his present role, alongside managing the chemistry team and progressing of the drug-discovery portfolio, he oversees the group’s capabilities in structural biology, computational chemistry and chemoinformatics.