Synthesis in Drug Discovery and Development

26 March 2021 09:00-17:00, Stevenage, United Kingdom


NEW DATE.   This event was formerly planned for 27th March 2020


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 not yet open


Some RSC BMCS bursaries will be 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. 


There will be a small relevant trade exhibition, and those companies wishing to exhibit should book early as spaces will be limited.  

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

Address: GlaxoSmithKline, Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage, SG1 2NY.  Venue directions are here.
Rail: Four trains per hour from London Kings Cross, journey time around 30 minutes. 
Road:  Located on the A1, there is ample parking available on site (registration number required). For satnav purposes, please use SG1 2FX.
Air: 12 miles from Luton airport, 35 miles from Heathrow airport, 35 miles from Stansted airport.
Coach: The conference may provide a coach morning and evening between Stevenage railway station and the venue.


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

Lecture Theatre, GlaxoSmithKline, Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage, SG1 2NY, United Kingdom

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