The BMCS Mastering MedChem V:

5th RSC-BMCS symposium on

mastering medicinal chemistry


Wednesday, 13th March 2019

Lilly, Erl Wood Manor, Windlesham, Surrey, UK



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Twitter hashtag #MasterMedChem2019  


Downloads and Links
First announcement and call for posters

Poster abstract template - closing date is 19th February

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.


Confirmed Speakers

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

Kathleen Aertgeerts, Vertex, UK


Presentation title to be confirmed

Prof Lennart Bunch, University of Copenhagen, DK

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


Registration, Students and Bursaries
Registration will open in Autumn, and fees will be competitively priced. Reduced-price fees will be available for undergraduate and post-graduate students, and some student bursaries will be available (closing date 14th February).


Exhibition Opportunities
Those companies wishing to exhibit should apply early to avoid disappointment as space will be limited.


There will also be an opportunity to book delegate pack inserts.


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 at Lilly, Erl Wood Manor, Windlesham, Surrey, GU20 6PH, UK.   Venue directions may be found here.

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).

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.






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.


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