7 November 2024

31st SCI Young Chemist in Industry 2024

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SCI's Young Chemists’ Panel

AstraZeneca, Cambridge, UK

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This event will be of interest to industrial chemists to discover what their contemporaries are working on in other companies and other areas of research, but also for academic chemists who want to find out the different challenges and focus that working in an industrial setting offers. It presents a superb opportunity for younger chemists to showcase their industrial research to an external audience. Prizes will be awarded for the best talk and runners-up. In addition, a lecture from a leading industrial chemist will conclude the proceedings. All talks will be followed by a chance to ask questions and the networking opportunity allows a possible exchange of ideas.


This meeting is aimed at chemists working in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or agrochemical sector and would provide them with a unique opportunity to discover what their contemporaries do in other branches of the industry. The meeting would also appeal to graduates and post-graduates with a background in organic chemistry.


Thursday 7 November 2024

Registration and refreshments
Introduction and welcome
Core modifications of GSK3335103 towards orally bioavailable αvβ6 inhibitors with improved synthetically tractability
Heather Gray, GSK
First scale up of a nickel-catalysed borylation at AstraZeneca
Christopher Janot, AstraZeneca
Accelerating PROTAC discovery with direct-to-biology
Rebecca Stevens, GSK/University of Strathclyde
Beyond Chemistry and DMPK: development of a biocatalytic toolkit for fragment-based drug discovery (FBDD)
Wojciech Zawodny, Astex
Process development of a 9-step synthetic route towards LOX279
Jasmine Cross, High Force Research
Automated HTE synthesis for data-rich experimentation within process development
Toby Waldron Clarke, AstraZeneca
Refreshment break
Covalent tools for essential leishmania bromodomain LdBDF5
Claudine Greenwood, GSK/University of Strathclyde
Discovery of potent and orally available antimalarial pmx inhibitors via molecular property optimisation
Komei Sakata, UCB
Plenary talk
speaker to be confirmed
Prize giving
Networking reception

SCI’s Young Chemists’ Panel are committed to promoting diversity and equality in the chemical sciences. We aim to identify high quality speakers for all our conferences with inclusivity of gender and ethnicity. Attendees from all backgrounds and ages are welcome.
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Exhibition and Sponsorship

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


The AstraZeneca site is a 30-minute walk or a 5–10-minute bus journey. Buses run every 5-9 minutes from Cambridge station to the Addenbrookes site. For further details please see the link https://transport.cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk/buses/bus-timetables/ Although there is no parking available on site, delegates can drive and use the Cambridge park and ride sites: https://cambridgeparkandride.info/

Venue and Contact


The Discovery Centre
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
1 Francis Crick Avenue 

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


This is a free event. To enable us to control the number of visitors into the building, we are asking all delegates to pre-register in advance.


For this reason, registration will close 5 November 5pm and only registered guests will be admitted


.All registrations will automatically receive a confirmation within 24 hours of registering for the event. Should you not receive written confirmation of your booking, please email conferences@soci.org

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Organising committee
Adam Smalley, SCI / UCB
Alex Scollan, SCI / Charnwood Discovery 
Fahima Idiris, SCI / Pharmaron
Giorgia Kidd, SCI / University of Dundee 
Helen Jones, SCI / AstraZeneca