15 November 2023

Chemist in Industry

Organised by:

SCI’s Fine Chemicals Group and SCI’s Young Chemists’ Panel 

Vertex pharmaceuticals, UK

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Congratulations to our 2023 winners!


Katherine Ingram, Syngenta

Runner up

Sarah Montgomery, Johnson Matthey


Following the success of the Young Chemist in Industry event, we are launching a sister award and meeting for a Chemist in Industry. Solving chemistry problems is central to so many industries and it is the people in the laboratories who are making this happen. This is a meeting to celebrate and recognise that community.                    

This one-day meeting will be of interest to chemists working in different chemical industries (e.g. pharmaceutical, catalysis, agrochemical). Particularly laboratory-based scientists or technical experts (for example, computational chemists) with several years' industry experience. Perhaps you are in a second or third role in industry. It presents a superb opportunity for chemists to showcase the relevance of chemistry to industrial research. It will also provide an opportunity for attendees to develop their CV with presentation and networking skills opportunities. Prizes will be awarded for the best talk and runners-up.


SCI's Chemist in Industry one-day meeting will be of interest to chemists working in different chemical industries (pharmaceutical, catalysis, agrochemical). It presents an opportunity to learn about how new chemistry methodology and technology is being developed and used in different industries.

Chair of judging panel: Peter Jones, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Judging Panel: Simon Peace GlaxoSmithKline, Liz Jones Syngenta


Call for Posters

Opportunities are available for a limited number of posters which align with the theme of the meeting. Interested applicants should send an abstract of maximum one A4 page or 300 words, indicating title and authors to conferences@soci.org by Monday 16 October 2023 with the subject line “Chemist in industry – poster submission”. An abstract template can be downloaded here

Sponsorship Information

For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org


Wednesday 15 November 2023

Introduction and welcome
Tilly Bingham
Biocatalytic reductive amination: from enzyme discovery to manufacturing
Sarah l. Montgomery, Johnson Matthey
Stereogenic fluorinated carbon in medicinal chemistry: from drug discovery to development
Tim Nicholas Barrett, GSK
Discovery of potent & selective Nuak1 inhibitors
Karine G. Poullennec, UCB Biopharma
Discovery and optimisation of potent and orally available CTP synthetase inhibitors
Andrew Novak, Sygnature
Solid form control of a drug substance: ensuring robustness during scale-up
Jen Morton, Concept Life Sciences
Lunch and networking poster session
Scaffold hopping strategies in the discovery and optimization of thiazolopyridine herbicides
David M. Barber, Bayer
Development of general, scalable and enantioselective routes to herbicidal DHOD inhibitors
Katharine Ingram, Syngenta
Networking coffee break and judging discussion
The human factor: impact of chemists on the identification of a potential therapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Simon Peace, GSK
Drinks mixer and networking

Travel to the site

Thames Travel provides Milton Park with regular connections between Didcot and further afield.


There is availability for parking at the site.
Venue and Contact

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

86-88 Jubilee Avenue
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4RW
United Kingdom


Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

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Organising Committee

Tilly Bingham, Cumulus Oncology
Beatriz Dominguez, Johnson Matthey
Stefano Levanto Charles River Laboratories
Joanne Pinder, Vertex Pharmaceuticals