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Dr Simon Jackson

Entrepreneur in Residence

Simon JacksonDr Simon Jackson B.Sc.Hons (Appl Bio.), Ph.D. (Pharmacognosy), M.A.S.P, M.G.E., M.A.B.C
Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR)
Phone: +353-1-896-2819
Location: Panoz Institute, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.



Dr Simon Jackson is a pharmacognosist, he completed his PhD at Kings College, School of Pharmacy, London, UK in 1996. Simon is currently collaborating with Trinity College Dublin as the Entrepreneur in residence in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is the founder of his namesake brand ‘Dr Jackson’s natural products’ a cosmeceutical company that produces natural skincare products based on pharmacognosy principles. Simon has also had extensive experience in the Business sector, and has worked as Programme Director on large multi-million programmes, including the NHS digitisation programme, in the UK on the LPfIT(London Programme for IT), he also has extensive consultancy experience, he was European Head of new Infrastructure programmes for Citigroup EU, and Vice President of Global programmes for Citigroup based in the World Trade Centre in New York. He has worked as a business consultant for large Global organisations, like Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, ABN Amro, and Barclays.

Simon is now focussing on the promotion of Pharmacognosy, both within business (industry) and academia and he has specialised in the use of African medicinal plants used as therapeutic agents in oncology. He continued his work researching these plants for the treatment of malignant melanoma and solar keratosas, working at the melanoma unit at Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham, London. He also completed a post-doctoral research position at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Surrey, UK specialising in skin disorders.

His natural product career has been dedicated to researching ethno-botanical leads from the rainforests of Indonesia to the Amazon in Peru, where he spent much time living with indigenous tribes. More recently he has worked in sub-Saharan Africa, lecturing in Pharmacognosy at the University of Africa School of Pharmacy as well as working in Africa on a United Nations FAO (food and agricultural organisation) sponsored project looking at the commercial uses of indigenous plants.

Dr Jackson works closely with the American Botanic Council and published the article an ethnobotanical and scientific review of Kigelia pinnata in their journal Herbalgram (the journal of the American Botanical Council) May-June 2012. He is considered one of the world's leading experts on the properties of Kigelia pinnata. He also published in the Nov-January 2016 article in Herbalgram on the popular Baobab tree Adansonia digitata - an ethnopharmacological review of Baobab the ‘Tree of life’.



S J Jackson (January 2016)  Baobab - The tree of Life an ethnopharmacological review.Herbalgram  The Journal of the American Botanical Council Number 108 p42-p53
S J Jackson  (July 2012) Sausage tree (Kigelia pinnata): An Ethnobotanical and Scientific Review.  Herbalgram - The Journal of the American Botanical Council Number 94 p48-p59
S.J.Jackson, P.J.Houghton, S. Retsas, A. Photiou. (March 2000)  In Vitro Cytotoxicity of Norviburtinal and Isopinnatal from Kigelia pinnata against Cancer cell lines.  Planta Medica v66 (2000) p 758-761
Jackson, S.J. Houghton P,J., Photiou, A., Retsas S (1996) The isolation of a novel antineoplastic compound from a bioassay guided fractionation of stem bark and fruit extracts of Kigelia pinnata (Bignoniaceae) Mar-Apr 96. British Journal of Cancer Vol 73 N0170 p68
Jackson S J.  Enlisting Tree Sausage in the War on Cancer, (August 1995) National Geographic Vol 188, No2.
Houghton, P.J., Jackson S., Photiou, A., Retsas, S., (1995) Cytotoxic activity of extracts of the fruit of Kigelia pinnata.  British Pharmacy Conference Abstracts (BPC), Coventry.
Jackson, S.J. Houghton, P.J., Photiou, A., Retsas, S.  Effects of fruit extracts and napthoquinones isolated from Kigelia pinnata on melanoma cell lines.  Presentation at the 36th Ann Meeting of the BACR, 2-5th April 1995 Nottingham.  British Journal of Cancer Vol. 71, Suppl 24, , 62. Abstract P153.
Houghton, P.J., Jackson, S., A. Photiou., Retsas, S. (1994) Activity of extract of the fruit of Kigelia pinnata against cultured melanoma cells.  Presented at UK Assoc of Pharmaceutical scientists. 18th Nov., Kings College London
S.J.Jackson, P.J.Houghton, A.Photiou, S.Retsas (1994) Kigelia pinnata as a potential source of oncolytic agents. from the 1st Pharmacy from the rainforest conference, Iquitos, Peru
Retsas, S. Photiou, A., & Jackson, S.J. Pharmaceuticals from Plants.  The Lancet, Vol.344, NO 8917. 23rd July 1994 Houghton, P.J., Photiou, A., Uddin, S., Shah, P., Browning, M., S.J Jackson. & Retsas, S. Activity of extracts of Kigelia pinnata against melanoma and renal carcinoma cell lines (1994). Planta Medica. 60. pp430-433


2015 Nominated for Best new natural Spa product award from Asia Spa magazine (Hong Kong)
2014 Best new multi-use product Style magazine UK

Interviews/TV/Press Features

The Telegraph Luxury Magazine Dr Jackson ‘the visionary’ UK
The Mondrian Muse (Luxury Global Hotel chain) Mondrian Hotel, London