11 November 2019

What A Chemist Needs To Know About Biology 1: In Vitro Biology

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SCI's Young Chemists' Panel

London, UK

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Helping you to understand the features and challenges of biology in pharmaceutical research. This tutorial meeting will improve your understanding of your biochemistry and biology colleagues. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and develop deep knowledge. The focus is on your learning and development.

Included are tutorial-style lectures on types of in vitro assays and target selection. There will be case studies applying these learnings to different target classes. Speakers from leading pharmaceutical companies bring a wealth of experience in working cross-discipline. You’ll have plenty of time for questions after the lectures and in our panel session at the end of the day.

This event runs back-to-back with ADMET 2019.

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
The druggable genome: past, present and future
Martin Swarbrick, Cancer Research UK - Therapeutic Discovery Labs
Understanding and Interpreting in vitro Assays, Part 1: Biochemical Basics
Oliver Mace, Vertex
Refreshment break
Understanding and Interpreting in vitro Assays, Part 2: Functional Fundamentals
Oliver Mace, Vertex
When you search an inhibitor and find degraders – BCL6 case study
Thomas Gerstberger, Boehringer Ingelheim
Drug discovery using stabilised GPCR technology
Eugenia Sergeev, Sosei Heptares
Refreshment break
Biology to the rescue… Lessons learnt the hard way through delivering drugs against tough targets
Allan Jordan, Sygnature Discovery
Panel Q&A
Closing statements
Networking reception

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Early bird fees before Friday 27 September 2019

One day fee   Two day fee
SCI Member   £115   SCI Member   £200
SCI Student Member   £40   SCI Student Member   £70
Non-Member   £170   Non-Member   £300

Standard fees after Friday 27 September 2019

One day fee   Two day fee
SCI Member   £165   SCI Member   £250
SCI Student Member   £70   SCI Student Member   £100
Non-Member   £220   Non-Member   £350

*The two day fee includes registration to ADMET 2019 on Tuesday 12 November 2019.

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Exhibition and sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference during refreshment breaks for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Organising Committee
  • Ed Cochrane, SCI / Sygnature Discovery
  • Peter Blencowe, SCI / Cancer Technology
  • Ben Whitehurst, SCI /AstraZeneca
  • Tom Pesnot, SCI / Concept Life Sciences
  • Nicole Trainor, SCI / University of Dundee
  • Paula Jackson, SCI / Redxpharma