EVENT POSTPONED: Innovation in Design and acquisition for Compound Screening Libraries


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Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, USA
Tuesday 15 May 2018
Organised by SCI's Fine Chemicals Group and the Academic Drug Discovery Consortium (ADDC)

This event has been postponed further information will be available in due course


In hit finding for chemical probe and drug discovery, a screen is only as good at the molecules that go into it. With the vast potential chemical space, how do you decide what to include in your virtual, high-throughput, or fragment-based screen? The 1-day symposium, “Innovation in Design and Acquisition for Compound Screening Libraries,” seeks to explore this question and create a dynamic, interactive environment for discussion of this important topic. In this ever-evolving area, it is critical to understand the current design and selection methods of compound screening libraries, along with the range of available business models for library acquisition and enhancement. The conference should appeal to medicinal chemists, synthetic chemists, computational chemists and compound management teams from industry and academia involved in library design and acquisition along with those involved in hit and lead generation primarily in drug discovery and agrochemistry.

Presentations from industry, academia and commercial compound vendors will include talks on computational design, focused library sets for phenotypic screening, 3-d fragment libraries, attention to physicochemical properties, opportunities from advances in synthetic organic chemistry as well as the compound acquisition market place. In addition, there will be ample opportunities for discussion and networking whilst browsing trade stands from the leading library suppliers.


This meeting will be of interest to scientists interested in early stage drug discovery and screening, Medicinal Chemists, Computational Chemists, Compound Management Chemists, those working in Chemical Procurement, academics and students.

SCI Members attending this meeting are able to claim CPD points.

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08.00 Registration
09.00 Welcome
09.05 From Simple Mixtures to DNA Encoded Libraries: A 40-year journey
Aubrey Mendonca, ChemRoutes Corporation
09.30 Title to be confirmed
Ajit Jadav, NIH/NCATS
09.55 Title to be confirmed
  Nicholas Skelton, Genentech
10.20 Exhibitor talks
10.45 Refreshments and networking
11.30 Discovery of novel chemistry for new biology from within a billion compounds you can buy in 6 weeks
Professor John Irwin, University of California, San Francisco Pharmaceutical Chemistry


Exhibitor talks

Post screening triage processes: quality-driven hit prioritisation
Dr Heather Tye, Evotec UK

12.45 Lunch, Networking and Poster session

Mechanism of action libraries in academic screening
Dr Caroline Shamu, Harvard Medical School


Human kinase repurposing strategies for neglected tropical disease drug discovery
Dr Lori Ferrins, North Eastern University

14.50 Exhibitor talks
15.15 Accessing new chemical space through flow technology for early phase drug discovery
Balázs Gyimóthy, Cominnex Zrt
15.40 Refreshments and networking

Evolution of the AstraZeneca Screening Library
Dr Dean Brown, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals


Designing, Curating and NMR Screening New Fragment Libraries for Discovering Small-molecule Drug Leads
Professor Steven LaPlante, Nmxresearch


Novel Natural Product-Based Macrocyclic Platform: MacroEvoLution
Dr Dietmar Wolf, AnalytiCon Discovery

17.30 DNA-encoded library: Diversity via Building blocks and scaffolds
Dr Yun Ding, GlaxoSmithKline R&D
17.55 Closing Remarks, Wine Reception and Posters
19.30 Close

Organising Committee

Jayshree Mistry, SCI
Aubrey Mendonca, ChemRoutes Corporation
Yun Ding, GlaxoSmithKline
Stephen Frye, UNC
Michelle Arkin, UCSF

Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference during refreshment breaks for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org.


Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

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Delegate Fees

Please note: all prices will be charged in UK Sterling. An equivalent in US dollars is listed below as a guide.

Early bird before fees Monday 16 April 2018

SCI/ADDC Member 140 99
SCI Student Member 50 35
SCI Subsidised Member 90 64
Non-Member 180 128


Standard fees after Monday 16 April 2018

SCI/ADDC Member 200 142
SCI Student Member 60 43
SCI Subsidised Member 125 89
Non-Member 250 177


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Evotec (UK) Ltd


Our Bronze Sponsors are:  Chembridge, Collaborative Drug Discovery,  ComInnex Inc and MedChemExpress

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