POSTPONED: Synthesis in Drug Discovery and Development

27 March 2020 09:00-17:00, Windlesham, United Kingdom



Synthesis is at the heart of drug discovery and development. The industry has increasingly demanded higher quality clinical candidates and has sought to exploit less druggable biological targets. Densely functionalised small molecules with a high degree of synthetic complexity are often the result of these demands. Successful programmes therefore require the application of innovative synthesis in all stages of discovery and development. The medicinal chemist’s toolbox is also enhanced by the introduction of novel biosostrere, often made available only through the application of new synthetic methods. This symposium aims to celebrate the crucial role of synthesis in the success of drug discovery and development.

Programme Theme and Features

The three main themes of the symposium will be:
• Innovative synthesis facilitating candidate discovery
• Novel bioisosteres and methodology applicable to drug discovery
• Overcoming challenges of scale-up and process scale chemistry

Who should attend

Chemists from industry and academia, including synthetic, medicinal and process chemists.

Call for Posters

Applications are invited for poster presentation. Posters will be displayed throughout the day and applicants are asked if they wish to provide a two-minute flash oral presentation when submitting their abstracts. 


Registration is open, and fees are:
£85    RSC member 
£105  Non-member 
£55    RSC student* member
£75    Student* non-member
*  Student means undergraduate or post-graduate, not post-doc


Some RSC BMCS bursaries are available to support registration, travel and accommodation costs for PhD and post-doctoral applicants. We also now welcome applications from non-students who have difficulties in funding attendance. The closing date for bursary applications is 6th February.


The exhibition is fully booked - sorry!

Delegate Pack Inserts

Delegate pack inserts may be booked at £175.  These should comprise no more than two sheets of A4 fixed together (sponsor to supply).

Venue and Travel

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).


We are grateful to Lilly for their generous support of this symposium, and additional sponsors are sought to support the low registration fees offered to students attendees.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
Lilly Research Centre

Warwick Room, Lilly Research Centre, Erl Wood Manor, Windlesham, GU20 6PH, United Kingdom

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