4 November 2019

26th Young Chemist in Industry 2019

Organised by:

SCI's Young Chemist Panel

Slough, UK

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This meeting is of interest to industrial chemists to discover what their contemporaries are working on in other companies and other areas of research, but also for academic chemists who want to find out the different challenges and focus that working in an industrial setting offers. It also presents a superb opportunity for younger chemists to showcase their industrial research to an external audience. Prizes will be awarded for the best talk and runners-up. In addition, a lecture from a leading industrial chemist will conclude the proceedings. All talks will be followed by a chance to ask questions and the networking opportunity allows a possible exchange of ideas.


This meeting is aimed at chemists working in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or agrochemical sector and would provide them with a unique opportunity to discover what their contemporaries do in other branches of the industry. The meeting would also appeal to graduates and post-graduates with a background in organic chemistry.

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Luis Castro, Global Head of Chemistry, UCB
Discovery and characterisation of novel indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO1) inhibitors
James Dodd, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Late stage C-H (18F)-difluoromethylation of N-heteroaromatics for PET imaging
Laura Trump, UCB
Route design to manufacture - the story of a small heterocycle
Matthew Burns, AstraZeneca
Lunch and exhibition
Overcoming antimicrobial resistance: Probing the protein targets of a novel series of antimalarials
Jessie Tucker, GlaxoSmithKline
Practical considerations for dealing with multiple buried waters in protein-ligand binding sites
Michael Bodnarchuck, AstraZeneca
Organozinc reagents synthesis in Flow and their applications
Matthieu Tissot, UCB
Refreshments and exhibition
PROTACs: Biological Tools and Considerations for Oral Absorption
Charlene Fallan, AstraZeneca
Enantioselective synthesis of N-benzylic heterocycles: A nickel- and photoredox-dual catalysis approach
Cristofer Pezzetta, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories
Plenary Talk – The discovery of an antiepileptic drug candidate for the treatment of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy
Laurent Provins, UCB
Prize giving
Networking reception

Venue and Contact


208 Bath Rd

PLEASE NOTE: There is no parking onsite.  We recommend parking at Slough Train Station and taking the shuttle bus to the UCB site.

Location details

UCB is providing the venue and hospitality for this event.

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

This event is free to attend.

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Prizes kindly supported by the event exhibitors.


Additional Info

Organising committee

Sophie Bertrand, SCI / GlaxoSmithKline
Adam Smalley, SCI / UCB
Damien Valette, SCI / GlaxoSmithKline
Ben Whitehurst, SCI / Heptares

Exhibition and sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference during refreshment breaks for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.