27 June 2024

YCP Undergraduate IP and apprenticeship symposium 2024

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SCI’s Young Chemists’ Panel

The University of Manchester, UK

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This event is aimed at undergraduate students currently undertaking industrial research placements or an apprenticeship. Those working in organic, biological, supramolecular, physical organic or medicinal chemistry and related fields are encouraged to apply. The event presents an excellent opportunity for chemistry students to present their work to a national audience, and to learn about what their peers in other companies are working on.  

This year’s event will be a full day symposium including talks and poster sessions, with a selection of submissions invited to give a 10-minute presentation of their work. There will also be a talk from a keynote speaker working in industry.

Prizes will be awarded for the best talks and posters.

This event is aimed at undergraduate chemistry students, either currently undertaking a placement or an apprenticeship, but will also be of interest to industrial chemists.
Speaker and mentor

Catherine Holden

Catherine’s academic journey began with a Masters is Chemistry at Oxford, enriched by two short industrial placements. Her PhD at the University of Manchester, under Prof Mike Greaney, explored innovative synthetic methods. This was followed by postdoctoral research at ICIQ, Spain, with Prof Melchiorre, where she delved into photochemical synthesis technologies. A Marie Curie fellowship led to a pivotal industrial stint at Syngenta UK, after which Catherine advanced to lead teams in Crop Protection Research and Automation Chemistry. Her career has been driven by a passion for pioneering technologies and streamlining molecule synthesis. Currently, as Associate Director of Automated Synthesis at Exscientia, Catherine is at the forefront of revolutionizing drug discovery through encoding and automating chemical synthesis, embodying the company’s vision of transforming the way the world discovers medicines.

Paul Colbon

Paul obtained his MChem and PhD degrees from the University of Liverpool. Paul’s PhD in synthetic methodology and catalysis was carried out under the supervision of Professor Jianlaing Xiao whom, along with two more group members, cofounded LCC in 2014. Since then, Paul has led the company through international growth and development accelerated by several million pounds of venture capital support. LCC now employs ~30 people in the North-West and has supported >150 companies with their small molecule drug discovery and development projects, more specifically within the hit identification and lead optimisation stages of medicinal chemistry. Paul has been a SCI Mentor for the past 2 years and is a passionate supporter of early career development efforts within life sciences.


Thursday 27 June 2024

Registration, Refreshments
Introduction to SCI
Session 1
Optimisation of Mass Spectrometry Methods for Covalent Hit Characterisation and Target Validation
Anna Ceesay, AstraZeneca
Clickable PROTAC Design: A Strategy for Synthesising BRPF1 Degraders with Enhanced Druglike Properties
Rocco Katavic, Concept Life Sciences
Implementation of Capsule Technology to Enable Reaction Optimisation
Emily Allen, Evotec
Sustainable Amide Synthesis in Micellar Water: Process optimisation via High-throughput Experimentation
Hyelin Kim, GlaxoSmithKline
Networking, Mentoring sessions, Refreshments
Lunch, Poster Session 1
Session 2
Investigating the Impact of Dimeric Phosphoramidite Building Blocks during Solid Phase Oligonucleotide Synthesis
Georgia Wignall, AstraZeneca
Development of a Process Friendly Method Towards the Synthesis of Indolin-3-ones and Pyrrolo-quinolines
Zeynep Saglam, Pharmaron
Chemical Biology x Computational Chemistry: Rational Design of Selective llvE Inhibitors - The Branch Chain Amino Acid Transaminase (BCAT) of Mtb’
Libby Remington, Francis Crick Institute
From Cradle to Grave: Synthesis and Degradation of Biodegradable Polymers
Amelia Milner, Croda
Poster session II, Networking, Refreshments
Keynote Lecture: Encoding and Automating Chemical Synthesis
Catherine Holden, Exscientia
Career Panel, Interactive Q&A Session
Prizes and Closing Remarks

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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Call for abstracts

Any student currently on an industrial placement or an apprenticeship registered at a UK University is invited to submit an abstract. Please download an abstract template here (150 words max along with a title, scheme or figure) and send with the subject line “YCP Undergraduate IP and apprenticeship symposium 2024 - abstract submission” by Friday 26 April 2024 to fabien.t@sailife.com..Please note: students must have approval from their industrial supervisor before submitting an abstract. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for an oral presentation. Students will be notified whether they have been selected for a talk or poster by Friday 10 May.


There will be an opportunity to have a 1:1 session with one of the SCI mentors during the event. These will be informal conversations (20-30 minutes long) to promote the SCI’s wider Mentoring programme (https://www.soci.org/careers-support/mentoring-programme), The mentee will have the chance to ask the mentor questions about career developments.

These sessions are free to attend but have limited availability. If you would like to sign up, please download and add your question(s) to the template here, and send it with the subject line “Undergraduate IP and apprenticeship symposium 2024 - Mentoring” to fabien.t@sailife.com
Venue and Contact

University of Manchester

Chemistry Building — Main Concourse
M13 9PL

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


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Organising committee
Olivia Boyd, SCI/ MSD
Kirsten Deytrikh, SCI/ Bioascent
Stefano Levanto, SCI/ Charles River Laboratories
Fabien Talbot, SCI/ Sai Life Sciences
Luke Thompson, SCI/ Vernalis