The BMCS Mastering MedChem V:

5th RSC-BMCS symposium on

mastering medicinal chemistry


Wednesday, 13th March 2019

Lilly, Erl Wood Manor, Windlesham, Surrey, UK



Registration is open


Twitter hashtag #MasterMedChem19  


Downloads and Links
Online registration - for payment by card
Registration form - for payment by bank transfer


Second announcement

First announcement and call for posters

Bursary application form - closing date is 14th February


Poster abstract template - closing date is 19th February
Post-graduate and post-doctoral students whose abstracts are accepted for poster presentation may register at 25, regardless of membership status.


Directions to the venue
RSC website


Mastering Medicinal Chemistry V 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 are invited for display throughout the meeting. The closing date for abstract submission is 19th February.  Please download an abstract template here.


Post-graduate and post-doctoral students whose abstracts are accepted for poster presentation may register at 25, regardless of membership status.


Programme   provisional


Registration, refreshments and exhibition


Session chair:  Nadia Ahmad, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, UK


Opening remarks

Nadia Ahmad, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, UK


The McGuigan Lecture

Medicinal chemistry in academia what should we work on? Highlights and recent achievements in my research group

Prof Lennart Bunch, University of Copenhagen, DK


Computation and automation to enhance medicinal chemistry

Dr Lewis Vidler, Eli Lilly and Co, UK


Lunch, exhibition and poster session


 Session chair:  Dave Alker, Chemistry Recruitment Consultant, UK


Inhaled drug design: principles and challenges

Dr Nicole Hamblin, Charles River, UK


Use of structural knowledge and control of physicochemical properties in lead optimization, a case history

Dr Christopher N Johnson, Astex Pharmaceuticals, UK


Refreshments, exhibition and posters


 Session chair:  Sir Simon Campbell CBE, Scientific Consultant, UK


Structural insights into allosteric sites will bring GPCR SBDD to the next level

Dr Kathleen Aertgeerts, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, US


Inaugural Inductee to the RSC BMCS Hall of Fame

Discovery of Pitolisant, a histamine H3 receptor inverse agonist/antagonist for treating narcolepsy

Professor C Robin Ganellin, FRS, Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at University College London, UK


Session chair:  Gordon Saxty, Fidelta, Croatia

Round table discussion


Closing remarks

Nadia Ahmad, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, UK

followed by drinks reception

17.50Event closes


Registration, Students and Bursaries
Online registration - for payment by card
Registration form - for payment by bank transfer


Registration fees include drinks reception at the end of the day
 85 RSC member
105 non-member
 55 RSC student* member
 75 student* non-member
*Student rate does not apply to post-docs or students in full-time employment.


Post-graduate and post-doctoral students whose abstracts are accepted for poster presentation may register at 25, regardless of membership status.


Some BMCS bursaries are available, and a bursary application form should be downloaded here.  The closing date is 14th February.


Exhibition Opportunities
Sorry, the exhibition space for this event is now fully booked.

Exhibition stands comprise:

- a stand space measuring 3 m wide x 2 m deep

- a table (measuring 6' wide x 2' wide) and chair

- access to electricity and wi-fi

- one full delegate's attendance

- your logo and a promotional page in the printed delegate handbook.


Those companies wishing to exhibit should apply early to avoid disappointment as space is limited.


Exhibitor charges are:

485  exhibition stand space and one full delegate

  65  additional attendee as exhibition stand staff only, with no access to the technical sessions


Delegate Pack Inserts

There is also an opportunity to book delegate pack inserts, charged at 175.   Pack inserts should comprise no more than two pages of A4 fixed together, and the sponsor should provide them.


Cancellation Policy
For cancellations received in writing by the Secretariat, 80% of the fee paid will be refunded for notifications received before 27th February. No refunds will be made for cancellations received from 28th February  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
Address:  The symposium will be held at the Lilly Research Centre, Erl Wood Manor, Windlesham, Surrey, GU20 6PH, UK.   Venue directions may be found here.

Overview:  The venue is a 30-minute taxi-ride from Heathrow airport, a 50-minute train journey from London (to Ascot), and is easily accessible by car (M3, junction 3).


Car:  If you are bringing your own car to Lilly, we need to collect from you the make, model and registration number of your car.  Please send this information to Maggi Churchouse in good time before the event.


Rail:  The nearest railway stations are Sunningdale and Ascot.

We advise that you book a taxi in advance if you plan to arrive by train during the rush hour:
-  Ascot railway station - we suggest Ascot Cars, 01344 297297, and
-  Sunningdale railway station - we suggest Atlas Cars, 01344 874874,

After the symposium, Lilly runs a free shuttle bus service to Ascot station every 10 minutes (until 18.50 hrs). The pick-up point is outside the Manor House entrance.  Note:  Lilly staff have priority, and you may only use this service if there are spare seats.

Air:  For airport transfers, Lilly's preferred supplier is Harry Woolford Cars, 07770 211242,

Sponsors are encouraged to support this event, which will help us to offer inexpensive registration fees to young chemists. We are grateful to Lilly for hosting and supporting this meeting, and to GlaxoSmithKline, Fidelta and Evotec for their sponsorship.


We are grateful to EFMC for supporting this event

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


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 opened, please e-mail the Secretariat.


Registration is open



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