20 June 2019

New Approaches in Medicinal Chemistry

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SCI's Young Chemists' Panel

Cambridge, UK

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This one-day symposium is aimed at exploring the latest approaches in drug discovery and will review the hottest topics towards discovering the drugs of tomorrow. Bringing together a wide range of industrial speakers, the day will cover a broad range of approaches and new targets within drug discovery.

Topics will cover both small molecule drug discovery as well as looking at those approaches to larger molecules such as antibody drug conjugates and bicyclic peptides. The meeting will cover a range of topics, from exploring the ways artificial intelligence and computational chemistry can impact drug discovery, to new targets for research within deubiquintinating enzymes and immune-oncology.

The meeting will be ideal for both experienced and more junior medicinal chemists in the drug discovery and medicinal chemistry fields. With a wide range of talks covering the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, both industrial and academic scientists will be interested in the event.
09.00 Registration
09.40 Introduction and welcome
09.50 The challenges of prosecuting RNA-modifying enzymes as drug discovery targets
Dr. David Hardick, Storm Therapeutics
10.25 Driven by Data: A Case Study of AI applied to ALS drug discovery 
Dr. Rebecca Paul, BenevolentAI
11.00 Refreshments
11.30 Combining reaction-based enumeration, free energy perturbation and active learning in hit-to-lead campaigns: the case of CDK2
Dr. Davide Branduardi, Schrödinger
12.05 Bringing it all together: Structure based PROTAC design
Mr. Will Farnaby, Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery, University of Dundee
12.40 Lunch
13.40 Discovery of Adenosine A2a Antagonist HTL1071/AZD4635 using Structure-Based Drug Design
Dr. Miles Congreve, Heptares
14.15 Next Generation Drug Discovery:  Encoded Library Technology in Nanospheres
Dr. James Dale, Nanna Therapeutics
14.50 Refreshments
15.20 Holmes Adventures in the Hypercube  
Dr. Mike Bodkin, Evotec
15.55 Bicycle Toxin Conjugates: A novel approach in targeted cancer therapy
Dr. Gemma Mudd, Bicycle Therapeutics
16.30 Networking and refreshments

Venue and Contact


Babraham Hall
CB22 3AT

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Early bird fees before Thursday 9 May 2019

£90   SCI Member
£30   SCI Student Member
£60   SCI Subsidised Member
£120   Non-Member

Standard fees after Thursday 9 May 2019

£125   SCI Member
£40   SCI Student Member
£80   SCI Subsidised Member
£170   Non-Member

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Additional Information

Organising Committee 

  • Ed Balmond, SCI/ BenevolentAI, UK
  • Peter Blencowe, SCI/ Cancer Research UK
  • Christopher Brown, SCI/ CRL

Call for posters

If you would like to present a poster, please send an abstract of maximum one A4 page or 300 words including schemes and references and indicating title and authors.
Please send this to conferences@soci.org by Friday 7 June 2019 with the subject line " new approaches in medicinal chemistry III" - poster submission".