This lecture aims to illustrate how the field of medicinal chemistry has led and will continue to lead to the discovery of new medicines which impact millions of lives worldwide. Using specific examples, a description will be given of the processes involved in taking the knowledge of a of modern day disease mechanism (such as AIDS), and applying problem-solving techniques to design molecules which interact with specific biological targets, thereby saving lives and improving the quality of life. This talk will highlight how diverse technologies (such as robotics used originally in the car industry and supercomputers) and ground-breaking discoveries in other scientific fields such as biology and engineering, are co-ordinated in the design of new therapeutic agents, with the emphasis being on how chemistry is the core science which makes this possible.
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Dr Sarah Rook, Argenta
Dr Mark Betson, Peakdale Molecular
Dr Elizabeth Jones, UCB
Dr Simon Peace, GlaxoSmithKline
Dr Mike Lainchbury, Argenta