The BMCS Mastering MedChem IV:

4th RSC-BMCS symposium on

mastering medicinal chemistry


Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK



Registration is open


Downloads and Links
Online registration - for payment by card

Registration form - for payment by bank transfer or cheque


Second announcement and call for posters

First announcement and call for posters

Directions to the venue
RSC website


Mastering Medicinal Chemistry IV is the latest in an ongoing series of conferences intended to provide expert advice and guidance to new practitioners in the field of drug discovery.  It has been said that "there are two types of drug discovery programmes: those that hit serious problems and those that are going to hit serious problems".   Anticipating and preparing for such problems thus accelerates the delivery of new medicines: this event will feature presentations from experienced 'drug-hunters' in both industry and academia, who will talk about the challenges faced in modern drug discovery, and will share the good practices common to all successful medicinal chemists.


Features of the Meeting
The meeting will include:
Live webcast for RSC-BMCS members only
Full sound and vision recording for internet upload (RSC-BMCS members only)
Wine mixer at the end of the day

Relevant trade exhibition

Poster display throughout the meeting

Call for Posters
Posters were invited for display throughout the meeting. The closing date for abstract submission was 20th February.


Programme   (may change at the organisers' discretion)


Registration, refreshments and exhibition


Session chair:  Joe Sweeney, University of Lancaster, UK


Opening remarks

Joe Sweeney, University of Lancaster, UK


How best to discover bioactive small molecules?

Adam Nelson, University of Leeds, UK


The importance of innovative chemical synthesis to the delivery of medicinal chemistry programmes: some recent AstraZeneca case studies

Iain Simpson, AstraZeneca, UK


Inhaled drug design: principles and challenges

Nicole Hamblin, Charles River, Early Discovery, UK


Lunch, exhibition and poster session


 Session chair:  David Alker, Consultant, UK


The design of CREBBP bromodomain ligands

Stuart Conway, University of Oxford, UK


Drug discovery for neglected disease

Ian Gilbert, University of Dundee, UK




 Session chair:  Nadia Ahmad, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, UK


Design excellence: blending it all together for efficient invention

Craig Johnstone, Evotec, UK


The McGuigan Lecture

Inhibiting enzymes from bacteria to humans

Chris Schofield FRS, University of Oxford, UK


Closing remarks

Joe Sweeney, University of Lancaster, UK

followed by drinks reception

18.00Event closes


Registration is open and fees are competitively priced. Reduced-price fees are available for undergraduate and post-graduate students.


Online registration - for payment by card

Registration form - for payment by bank transfer or cheque


  85   RSC member

105   Non-member

  55   RSC student* member

  75   Student* non-member
485   Exhibition stand space and one full delegate

  65   Exhibition stand staff (no access to technical sessions)
* Student is undergraduate or post-graduate, not post-doc

Some student bursaries were available, and the closing date for applications was 14th February.


A relevant trade exhibition will add value to the symposium.   The exhibition will be held in the same room as the catering (refreshments and lunch) and posters, and the exhibition package  includes:
- chair and table measuring 140cm wide x 80cm deep x 72cm high
- electrical access and wi-fi access.
- the option to include a promotional page for your organisation in the delegate handbook.

Those companies wishing to have a trade stand should apply early to avoid disappointment as space is limited.  The exhibition fee of 485 includes one full delegate's attendance.


Cancellation Policy
For cancellations received in writing by the Secretariat, 80% of the fee paid will be refunded for notifications received before 1st March. No refunds will be made for cancellations received from 1st March  onwards, although substitutions are possible at any time. In the unlikely event of our cancelling the event, we will refund the registration fees paid in full.


Venue and Travel
The symposium will be held Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC), University of Strathclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD, UK

Situated in the heart of Glasgow city centre, the TIC is a short walk from the two main railway stations, and 15 minutes from the airport to the central bus station.   To travel from the airport to Buchanan Bus Station by bus, use the Glasgow Airport Express which runs every 10 minutes, priced at 7.50. The weblink is here.

Sponsors are encouraged to support this event, which will help us to offer inexpensive registration fees to young chemists.










We are grateful to EFMC, MedChemNet and COMS for supporting this event



Organising Committee
Nadia Ahmad, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Dave Alker, Chemistry Recruitment Consultant
Sir Simon Campbell CBE, Scientific Consultant
Gordon Saxty, Fidelta
Joe Sweeney, University of Lancaster (chairman)

Secretariat Contact
Maggi Churchouse, 3 East Barn, Market Weston Road, Thelnetham, Diss IP22 1JJ, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1359 221004


To register an interest and to be notified when registration is open, please e-mail the Secretariat.


Registration is open



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