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2019 Medicinal Chemistry Residential School

Registration for the RSC 2019 Medicinal Chemistry Residential School is now open, it takes place in Loughborough, UK 2-7 June 2019.

Through an in-depth programme of lectures, case studies and hands-on tutorial sessions, this five-day course strengthens excellence in medicinal chemistry by advancing understanding of the factors governing modern drug discovery. Full details are here.


Make sure that you register for this course as soon as possible to take full advantage of early bird savings. Registration includes attendance at all sessions, refreshments and lunch on each full day – plus a conference dinner with wine on Thursday 6 June.

20th SCI/RSC Medicinal Chemistry Symposium

The first circular for the 20th SCI/RSC Medicinal Chemistry Symposium (aka the Cambridge MedChem Meeting) has been announced. This is also a call for abstracts for both oral and poster submissions. Potential contributions should be communicated to the secretariat at by Friday 9th November 2018.

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You can download the full details of the meeting here PDF.

A number of outstanding talks have already been confirmed.


29th Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry in Eastern England

The Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry in Eastern England, known colloquially as the "Hatfield MedChem" meeting, is a highly successful, long-standing, one-day meeting which runs annually will be held 26 April 2018 09:30-17:00, Hatfield, United Kingdom

The Organising Committee are inviting abstract submissions for both oral and poster presentation. Please download an abstract template from the event website and return it the secretariat. Closing dates for submissions are:

24th November 2017 for oral abstracts
23rd February 2018 for poster abstract

The BMCS Mastering MedChem III: 3rd RSC-BMCS symposium on mastering medicinal chemistry

This meeting is aimed at all those who wish to become better drug hunters and heed warnings from the past. (22 March 2017 09:00-19:00, Cardiff Bay, United Kingdom).

In the main there are two types of drug discovery programmes: those that hit serious problems and those that are going to hit serious problems. The difference between success and failure is how we, as medicinal chemists, tackle and resolve the problems

Sounds a great meeting both for those starting out in their careers and for those looking to pick up new tips.

28th symposium on Medicinal Chemistry in Eastern England

28th symposium on Medicinal Chemistry in Eastern England, Thursday 27th April 2017, The Fielder Centre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK
Organised by RSC-BMCS (Royal Society of Chemistry – Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector)

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09.00 Registration, refreshments and exhibition
Session chair: Adrian Hall, UCB
09.30 Opening remarks
Nicole Hamblin, GlaxoSmithKline
09.35 From phenotypic hit to a validated target for tuberculosis
Robert Bates, GlaxoSmithKline
10.10 Discovery of potent inhibitors of the lysophospholipase autotaxin
Prit Shah, Cancer Research Technology
10.45 Refreshments and exhibition
11.15 Development of Tesirine: a clinical antibody-drug conjugate pyrrolobenzodiazepine payload: medicinal chemistry at the frontier between small molecules and biologics
Arnaud Tiberghien, Spirogen
11.50 NMR conformational analysis in molecular design – case studies and impact
Martin Packer, AstraZeneca
12.25 Highly potent cell-penetrant inhibitors of the KEAP1-NRF2 protein-protein interaction via X-ray fragment screening
Charlotte Griffiths-Jones, Astex Pharmaceuticals
13.00 Lunch and exhibition

Session Chair: Simon Ward, University of Sussex
14:05 Selective on-target chemical probes of protein-protein interactions
Alessio Ciulli, University of Dundee
14.40 Solid state studies of a preclinical candidate in a CRO environment: the importance of de-risking early
Russell Scammell, Charles River
15.15 Refreshments and exhibition
15.45 Drug discovery case study
Tom Miller, Shire
16.20 Optimisation of a series of novel smoothened inhibitors
Matilda Bingham, RedX
16.55 Concluding remarks
17.00 Close

19th RSC/SCI Medicinal Chemistry Symposium

I’m delighted to highlight the first announcement of the 19th RSC/SCI Medicinal Chemistry Symposium to be held in Cambridge in September 2017. Europe’s premier biennial Medicinal Chemistry event, focusing on first disclosures and new strategies in medicinal chemistry.


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Open Source Malaria online meeting

The next strategy meeting for the Open Source Malaria team is on May 24th. This is great chance to find out more about this effort and to look for opportunities where you might be able to contribute

Outline agenda:

  • Project background & scientific objectives (5)
  • Overview of project information sources - ie what's where (5)
  • Data sources & summary of analyses (5-10)
  • SAR overview, questions for the audience (20)
  • Discussion (10-15)
  • Final guidance on what's required from the audience & how to submit your suggestions & what happens next (5)

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You can register here - you need to register in order to receive the link for the meeting itself. Please forward this on to anyone you think might be interested,

The Handbook of Medicinal Chemistry

The Handbook of Medicinal Chemistry is a new book providing insight and advice for medicinal chemists.

Drug discovery is a constantly developing and expanding area of research. Developed to provide a comprehensive guide, the Handbook of Medicinal Chemistry covers the past, present and future of the entire drug development process. Highlighting the recent successes and failures in drug discovery, the book helps readers to understand the factors governing modern drug discovery from the initial concept through to a marketed medicine. With chapters covering a wide range of topics from drug discovery processes and optimization, development of synthetic routes, pharmaceutical properties and computational biology, the handbook aims to enable medicinal chemists to apply their academic understanding to every aspect of drug discovery. Each chapter includes expert advice to not only provide a rigorous understanding of the principles being discussed, but to provide useful hints and tips gained from within the pharmaceutical industry. This expertise, combined with project case studies, highlighting and discussing all areas of successful projects, make this an essential handbook for all those involved in pharmaceutical development.

A free app has also been created in collaboration with the editors of the book. The Medicinal Chemistry Toolkit provides a suite of resources to support the day to day work of a medicinal chemist

Free online MedChem course

I’ve just been sent details of a new medicinal chemistry course.

Medicinal Chemistry: The Molecular Basis of Drug Discovery

This course explores how to bring a drug from concept to market, and how a drug's chemical structure relates to its biological function. The course opens with an introduction to the drug approval process. This introduction combines the social, economic, and ethical aspects of drug discovery. Topics include how diseases are selected for treatment, the role of animal testing, and the costs of various discovery phases. The course then focuses on the scientific side of drug discovery. Topics include how drugs interact with biological molecules, drug absorption and elimination, and the discovery of weakly active molecules and their optimization into viable drugs.

The course starts 10 March, it is estimated the course will require 6-8 hours per week and runs for 7 weeks. The course was organised by Erland Stevens who wrote the medchem textbook Medicinal Chemistry: The Modern Drug Discovery Process.

Biological and MedChem Meeting

I just got details of an interesting meeting in Cambridge, UK later this year.

BMCS PG Symposium 2013 Flyer

The registration form is here

Bioisosteres in Medicinal Chemistry by Nathan Brown

I’ve just been sent a link to an interesting new book