25 March - 27 March 2020

37th Process Development Symposium

Organised by:

SCI's Fine Chemicals Group

Cambridge, UK

Registration for this event

Prices start from £380.00

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 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.


The full programme will be confirmed in due course, but some confirmed speakers below:


Racing to the finish: benefit of 3D printed flow reactors in scale-up

Dr Lana Borukhova, Innosyn, The Netherlands


Experimental design and it’s place in Process Development

Dr Laura Forfar, Catalysis Consulting Ltd, UK


Process Development in the Synthesis of CF Corrector VX-661

Dr Cristian L. Harrison, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, USA


Automation and autonomy to enable process chemistry

Prof Jason Hein, University of British Columbia, Canada


Application of transition-metal catalysis, biocatalysis and flow chemistry as state-of-the-art technologies in the synthesis of LCZ696

Dr Florian Kleinbeck, Novartis Pharma AG, Switzerland


The Application of C-H Functionalisation in the Development of a Concise and Convergent route to Nemiralisib
Dr Alan Ironmonger, GlaxoSmithKline, UK


Probing Reagent/Catalyst (dis)Function

Prof Guy Lloyd Jones, Edinburgh University, UK


Case study

Pfizer, UK


New Perspectives: approaches for the application of metal scavengers to impurity control in pharma

Dr Sunil Rana, Biotage GB Ltd, UK


An Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (+) -Duocarmycin SA

Dr Michael Schmidt, BMS, USA 


Right particle journey: crystallisation process development from labs to scale to support drug product processing

Dr Rachel Sullivan, AstraZeneca, UK


Davis Oxaziridines: development and applications

Dr Laurent Petit, Minakem


Process Development of a Robust Manufacturing Route for Bridion

Dr Susan L Zultanski, Merck, USA


Other confirmed speakers:

  • Julia Baumeister, Syngenta, UK

    Automation and autonomy to enable process chemistry

    Prof Jason Hein, The University of British Columbia, Canada

    Automation and autonomy to enable process chemistry

    Prof Jason Hein, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Venue and Contact

Churchill College

Storey’s Way                         


Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Early bird fees before Friday 31 January 2020

£380 SCI Member
£260 SCI Subsidised Member
£425 Non-Member

Standard fees after Friday 31 January 2020

£495 SCI Member
£290 SCI Subsidised Member
£550 Non-Member

Accommodation Fees

£162 Standard Accommodation
£203 Ensuite Accommodation

Accommodation can be booked for delegates at the college in single study ensuite or standard bedrooms. Bedrooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.The accommodation package is for 2 nights - Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 March and includes full English or Continental breakfast.

Rooms must be vacated by 10.00am on the day of departure.

You will have the opportunity to book this as part of the online booking process when you register for the event.

Please note: Bedrooms at the college will be available from 14.00 on the day of arrival. Those not wishing to stay in college accommodation can book accommodation directly through www.visitcambridge.org.


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Additional Info

Organising committee

  • Louis Diorazio, SCI/AstraZeneca

  • Max Espensen, Pharmaron

  • Stella James, SCI/Bionow

  • Dave Lathbury, SCI/Astute Chemical Development Ltd

  • David Pascoe, SCI/GlaxoSmithKline

  • Hazmi Tajuddin, SCI/Syngenta

  • Robert Walton, SCI/Pfizer

  • Andy Wells, Charnwood Technical Consulting Ltd 


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

Student Bursaries

A limited number of student bursaries are available to registered participants, as a contribution to the cost of registration fees, travel or accommodation. To receive an application form and for more information, please email conferences@soci.org