16 November 2016

Plugging the Antibiotics Gap: A Medicinal Chemist's Perspective

Organised by:

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

Alderley Park Conference Centre

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Sustained under-investment in antimicrobials has led to a severe shortage of new drugs for treating infection. At a time when emerging antimicrobial resistance is decreasing the efficacy of existing treatments, it is more important than ever that we refresh the drug pipeline with new antimicrobials that act on new targets with novel modes of action.

Faced with this growing healthcare issue, renewed interest from both industry and academia has led to a resurgence in antimicrobial drug discovery. This meeting aims to look at the current state of the art from a medicinal chemist’s perspective and will focus on the particular challenges associated with discovering and developing new antimicrobials. Speakers from industry and academia will describe their own strategies for addressing these challenges whilst showcasing the opportunity for creativity and innovation.

Bringing together leading exponents in the field, the meeting will appeal to anyone with an interest in antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial drug discovery. With great opportunities for academic–industrial partnerships, researchers from both sectors will benefit from the networking opportunities that the meeting will also offer. 

Day 1 - 9th March 2016

Event Schedule
Registration and refreshment
Opening Remarks
The global challenge of antibacterial drug resistance: what can be done? Prof Laura Piddock, University of Birmingham and Antibiotic Action, UK
Design and synthesis of Novel Tricyclic Topoisomerase Inhibitors (NTTIs) to tackle the threat of multi-drug resistant bacterial infections Dr Ralph Kirk, Redx Pharma, Cheshire, UK
Discovery of small molecules targeting bacterial Peptidoglycan Glycosyltransferase Dr Alastair Parkes, Evotec, Oxfordshire, UK
Flash poster presentations
Lunch, exhibition and poster session
Talk Discovery of new antibiotics Prof Dave Spring, University of Cambridge, UK
Novel Polymyxin derivatives for gram-negative infections: synthesis and SAR Mrs Pamela Brown, Cantab Anti-Infectives, Hertfordshire, UK
Discovery of new antibiotics for drug resistant Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Dr Nawaz Khan, Discuva, Cambridge, UK
Refreshment break, exhibition and poster session
Novel Topoisomerase Inhibitors active against MDR gram-negative bacteria Dr Georg Rueedi , Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Allschwil, Switzerland
Talk Towards new antibiotics targeting Penicillin binding proteins Prof Chris Schofield, University of Oxford, UK
Closing remarks
Wine reception sponsored by Evotec
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Venue and Contact


Alderley Park Conference Centre
Alderley Edge 
SK10 4TG

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GB£80 . . . . . . . . . SCI/RSC Member
GB£50. . . . . . . . . .SCI/RSC Student Member
GB£50. . . . . . . . . .SCI/RSC Subsidised Member*
GB£160 . . . . . . . . Non Member

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Exhibition and Sponsorship

The exhibition, posters and all refreshments will be situated in a single area just outside of the lecture theatre, ensuring excellent access to delegates throughout the meeting. If you are interested in exhibiting at this event or in sponsorship opportunities, please contact clarice.williams@soci.org for further information and costs.

Venue and Delegate Travel

Alderley Park Conference Centre
Alderley Edge 
SK10 4TG