6 April - 8 April 2016

33rd SCI Process Development Symposium

Organised by:

SCI’s Fine Chemicals Group

University of Cambridge

Registration Closed

This event is no longer available for registration.


Process Development is the application of chemistry to the scale up of new synthetic processes from the laboratory, through pilot plant to full scale commercial manufacture and into life cycle management. It is an extremely broad discipline, crossing the boundaries between synthetic organic chemistry, process technology and chemical engineering.

The area of Process Development continues to be a challenging and important area for the research into and application of modern synthetic organic chemistry, as well as enabling technologies.

The symposium aims to bring together a wide range of speakers and delegates from across the Pharmaceutical, Agrochemical and Fine Chemical industries, as well as from an academic background. This meeting brings together experts from across the entire spectrum of the discipline to present state of the art process development. As an established and well attended meeting, the process development symposium offers an excellent opportunity for networking between like-minded process scientists of all levels of experience and from all areas of the chemical industry.

Day 1 - 6th April 2016

Event Schedule
Registration and coffee
Opening remarks
Crizotinib(Xalkori ®): route identification, process development and post approval challenges in the commercialisation of a rapidly accelerated precision medicine Dr Gemma Scotney, Pfizer
Process intensification via the integration of membranes in(bio)chemical reactions Dr Dominic Ormerod, Vito
The science and safety of chemical production with diazonium salts Dr Matthew Hughes, Syngenta
Refreshment break
Recent advances in developing enzymatic processes for chemical production Dr Alex Tao, EnzymeWorks
Dave Ager memorial talk Dr Andre De-Vries, DSM
Closing remarks
Wine reception sponsored by Johnson Matthey
Dinner for residents in the dining hall

Day 2 - 7th April 2016

Event Schedule
Adventures in chemistry from the nanomole to the kilomole scale Dr Ian Davies, Merck
Flow chemistry: a new paradigm Dr Andre De-Vries, DSM
Refreshment break
Synthetic evolution and chemical innovation: developing an efficient synthesis of the potent JAK2 inhibitor, BMS-911543 Dr Martin Eastgate, BMS
Rapid process development using automated continuous reactors Dr Richard Bourne, Leeds University
Crop protection R&D in the agrochemical industry: process research at Dow AgroSciences with case studies Dr Nick Irvine, Dow
Cost reduction through process optimisation: the atorvastatin sidechain Dr Sebastian Kroll, Dr Reddys
Evolution of an enzymatic process for the manufacture of amoxicillin Dr Matt John, GlaxoSmithKline
Refreshment break
Fine chemical technologies for novel agrochemical ingredients Dr Rob Bryant, Agranova
Prize for process chemistry research 2015 Taming sulfur dioxide for synthesis and catalysis Prof Michael Willis, University of Oxford
Closing remarks
Wine reception sponsored by Chiralquest
Conference dinner in the dining hall

Day 3 - 8th April 2016

Event Schedule
Efficient synthesis of an intermediate for dronedarone Dr Kai Rossen, Sanofi
Tagrisso™: process development on the critical path Dr Steven Raw, AstraZeneca
Refreshment break
Surfactants in water as a sustainable reaction medium – focus on amidation reactions Dr Michael Parmentier, Novartis
AJIPHASE®; a novel and practical liquid-phase synthesis for oligonucleotides and peptides Mr Ryotaro Nakaya, Ajinomoto
Conference close
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Venue and Contact

Churchill College

University of Cambridge
Storey's Way

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Earlybird fees - before 29 January 2016
GB£365 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Member
GB£255. . . . . . . . . . SCI Subsidised Member
GB£395 . . . . . . . . . .Non Member

Standard fees - after 29 January 2016
GB£490 . . ... . . . . . .SCI Member
GB£280. . . . . . . . . . SCI Subsidised Member
GB£545 . . . . . . . . . .Non Member

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Additional Info


An exhibition will run alongside the conference during refreshment breaks, for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. For further information and prices please email jacqui.maguire@soci.org


Accommodation for delegates at the college comprises either single study ensuite or single study standard bedrooms, priced as below:

GB£184 . . . . . . . . . .Single Ensuite
GB£147. . . . . . . . . . Single Standard

Rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. The accommodation package is for 2 nights - Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 April and includes Full English or Continental breakfast plus an evening meal on Wednesday 6 April. Rooms must be vacated by 10.00am on the day of departure. Luggage storage will be available. Those not wishing to stay in college accommodation can book accommodation directly through www.visitcambridge.org

Conference Dinner

A conference dinner will take place on the evening of Thursday 7 April in the dining room at Churchill College. This is included in the delegate registration fee.


Travel to Cambridge is convenient by road or rail. Churchill College is on Storey's Way, off the A1303 one mile west of the city centre and close to the M11 motorway. There are frequent train services to Cambridge from London King's Cross and Liverpool Street Stations. The nearest international airport is London Stansted (30 miles) which has rail and coach links to Cambridge. From London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports there are express rail links to central London for onward rail journeys as above. There are also coach links from both airports direct to Cambridge.