Jo has over 20 years experience in industry and is a recognised expert in specialist field of inhalation toxicology. Jo is a skilled toxicologist whose early experience as Study Director/Study Monitor formed a strong foundation from which to move into toxicology project management. Initially Jo worked as a Project Toxicologist in the agrochemicals/chemicals sectors with Zeneca/Syngenta. More recently, she has worked in the pharmaceutical sector, where she has spent the last 8 years at AstraZeneca focusing on inhaled drug development for a number of respiratory diseases including COPD, Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis.
Her experience covers all aspects of toxicology program design and conduct in drug development from DRF studies and pivotal toxicology studies for FTIM submissions, to life cycle management of registered products. Jo has successfully completed many regulatory submissions (new product and re-registrations) in both sectors, involving regulatory authority interactions and defence in many territories including the EU and US (EPA/FDA).
Jo maintains a respected external profile through her work on various committees, which include holding the current Chair of the Association of Inhalation Toxicologists (AIT). Jo has previously chaired the Education Sub-Committee of the British Toxicology Society (BTS) and has played a pivotal role in a number of external initiatives including the APSGB-HESI emerging issues workshop (and subsequent publication) on alveolar macrophages in inhaled drug development, and the current NC3Rs “Crack-It” Challenge on Inhalation Translation.