William Farnaby is currently a team leader in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology at the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee. Since 2016 he has led a multi-disciplinary team of drug discovery scientists engaged in a collaboration between Professor Alessio Ciulli and Boehringer Ingelheim. This unique collaboration model aims to discover bi-valent degraders to address areas of critical unmet medical need. William has led and progressed protein degradation projects through multiple stages of the drug discovery process and in doing so continues to contribute significantly to the advance of rational degrader design, synthesis and methods of biochemical and cellular evaluation. Prior to this William worked for 8 years at Takeda Cambridge as a senior medicinal chemist. He contributed to a number of successful projects within the CNS therapeutic area, including collaborative programs to develop novel chemical matter to accelerate early stage CNS drug discovery and co-invented clinical candidates currently under investigation.