24 September - 25 September 2013

2nd SCI/RSC Symposium on Continuous Processing and Flow Chemistry

Organised by:

SCI’s Fine Chemicals Group and RSC's Biological & Medicinal Chemistry Sector

Novartis, Horsham, UK

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This two day meeting is the second in a series organised jointly by the SCI and RSC on the topic of flow chemistry. The international speaker list and exciting spread of themes should attract delegates from both academia and industry.



The meeting is directed at both individuals with a curiosity into what Flow Chemistry is and how it may benefit them/their organisations and those people already involved in the area.



Event Day

Event Section
Registration and refreshments Session 1: Flow strategies Chair: Urs Baettig, Novartis
Opening remarks
Plenary lecture 1: New tools for molecule makers Prof Steven V Ley, University of Cambridge, UK
Continuous processing from fume hood to factory Dr Malcolm Berry, GlaxoSmithKline, UK
Self-optimising continuous reactions Prof Martyn Poliakoff, University of Nottingham, UK
Lunch, posters and exhibition Session 2: Flow applications Chair: Jason Tierney, BioFocus
Plenary lecture 2: Continuous flow multistep synthesis Prof Tim Jamison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
The application of synthetic organic photochemistry: batch or flow? Prof Kevin Booker-Milburn, University of Bristol, UK
Safe synthesis using flow chemistry Prof Thomas Wirth, Cardiff University, UK
Refreshments Session 3: Small scale applications Chair: Andrew Mansfield, Vapourtec
Continuous flow & microreactors: niche today breakthrough, tomorrow? Dr Petteri Elsner, Lonza, Switzerland
Organolithium chemistry using flow microreactors Dr Aiichiro Nagaki, Kyoto University, Japan
Poster bites
Poster session, exhibition and wine reception
Coaches to conference dinner
Conference dinner at the Arora hotel Gatwick-Crawley (tickets)

Event Day

Event Schedule
Session 4: Scale up and processing Chair: Dave Parry, Cyclofluidic Plenary lecture 3: Opportunities and challenges in development and scale up of continuous chemical manufacturing processes at Novartis Dr Berthold Schenkel, Novartis Basel, Switzerland
Large scale continuous applications Prof Hugh Stitt, Johnson Matthey, UK
Going with the flow, enabling projects in AstraZeneca Dr Anne O’Kearney-McMullan and Dr Alistair Boyd, AstraZeneca, UK
Scale up and considerations for a continuous process with QbD in a manufacturing setting Dr Colm O’Mahony, Lilly Kinsale, Ireland
Process intensification utilizing high-temperature/pressure flow chemistry Prof Oliver Kappe, Karl-Franzens University-Graz, Austria
Flow chemistry as an optimisation and scale up tool in Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Dr Cara Brocklehurst, Novartis Basel, Switzerland
Lunch Session 5: Future perspectives Chair: Stuart Cameron, Peakdale Molecular
Plenary lecture 4: Continuous synthesis of drugs Prof Peter H Seeberger, Max Planck Inst of Colloids & Interfaces, Germany
Flow chemistry integrated with biological screening: a lean approach to lead optimisation Mr Chris Selway, Cyclofluidic, UK
Production scale demonstration of a modular, container based concept for continuous, intensified API production Dr Sven Gestermann, Bayer, Germany
Closing remarks

Venue and Contact


Novartis, Horsham, UK

SCI Conference Team.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Early bird before 12 Aug 2013
GB£125 . . . . . . . . . .SCI/RSC Member 
GB£50 . . . . . . . . . . .SCI/RSC Student*
GB£85 . . . . . . . . . . .Subsidised Member
GB£175 . . . . . . . . . .Non-Member

Standard fees after 12 Aug 2013
GB£165 . . . . . . . . . .SCI/RSC Member 
GB£80 . . . . . . . . . . .SCI/RSC Student*
GB£120 . . . . . . . . . .Subsidised Member
GB£220 . . . . . . . . . .Non-Member

Conference dinner . . . . . . . . . GB£40

*a limited number of student rates are available.

Please note that all delegates will be asked to provide photo ID and their car registration details.

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Additional Info

Organising committee

Rebecca Butler, Novartis
Urs Baettig, Novartis
Dave Parry, Cyclofluidic Ltd
Richard Robinson, Novartis
Rob Wheeler, Glaxosmithkline
Fred Hancock, Johnson Matthey
Jason Tierney, BioFocus
Stuart Cameron, Peakdale Molecular Ltd
Andrew Mansfield, Flow Chemistry Solutions

Posters and Bursaries

Offers of posters are invited. Interested delegates are encouraged to submit early applications, as numbers will be limited. Please email a one-page abstract to conferences@soci.org by Friday 28 June. The RSC High Throughput Chemistry and New Technologies group will be supporting prizes. A limited number of bursaries will be available up to a value of £250 to help cover registration and travel costs for PhD and post-doctoral applicants studying at European academic institutions. Preference will be given to members of the RSC, SCI or EFMC, especially those who are selected to give posters. Further details can be found at www.rsc.org/bmcs and www.soci.org/Awards/Travel-Bursaries.


An exhibition will showcase flow chemistry hardware from leading vendors in this area. Exhibitors include: Advion, Cambridge Reactor Design, Chemtrix, Corning, Ehrfeld Mikrotechnik, Future Chemistry BV, HEL, Mettler Toledo, ThalesNano, Uniqsis, Vapourtec and Syrris.


The designated hotel for accommodation is the Arora Hotel Gatwick-Crawley. A number of rooms have been reserved for conference delegates. Please quote NOV/240913 when making your booking to receive the special conference rate of £126.00 per person (bed and breakfast). Early booking is strongly advised as rooms will be released one month prior to the conference date. The conference dinner will be held at this hotel. The hotel has direct access to Crawley train station and also operate a return shuttle service from Gatwick airport for a small charge.

Arora Hotel Gatwick-Crawley
Southgate Avenue 
West Sussex
RH10 6LW
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1293 555111
Fax: +44 (0)1293 515515
Email: gatwickreservations@arorainternational.com

For a further list of hotels please email, conferences@soci.org

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place at the Arora Hotel Gatwick-Crawley. Coaches will transfer delegates from Novartis to the dinner venue and drop them back to the Novartis site for those with cars to collect. The cost is £40 per person for a 3 course dinner including wine. The hotel is located in Crawley town centre with direct access to Crawley train station. The dinner can either be booked with your online registration or on the booking form.