Prof Simon Croft PhD FRSB is Professor of Parasitology in the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has worked on the discovery and development of anti-infective drugs in academia, industry and public-private partnerships. Prof Croft’s research has focussed on the research and development (R&D) of novel drugs and formulations for the treatment of leishmaniasis, malaria, human African trypanosomiasis and Chagas disease, including projects on miltefosine, AmBisome and topical paromomycin, all of which reached clinical trials for the treatment of leishmaniasis.
Prof Croft’s current research interests include pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic relationships, predictive models for drugs and vaccines, and topical formulations. He works extensively with industry and product development partnerships on neglected infectious diseases and with a network of collaborators in disease-endemic countries. From 2004 to 2007, he was the first R & D Director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), Geneva, and from 2008 to 2014 he was Dean of Faculty at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.