SMi’s 3rd Annual Drug Discovery Chemistry

Date: 18 March 2019 - 19 March 2019

Copthorne Tara Hotel
Scarsdale Pl
W8 5SY
United Kingdom

Chaired by:

  • Roderick Hubbard, Senior Fellow, Vernalis Research Ltd
  • Darren Green, Director of Molecular Design, GSK

Sponsored by: Selvita

SMi is proud to present its 3rd Annual Drug Discovery Chemistry event, taking place on the 18 -19 March 2019.

The fight to optimise the drug discovery process is on as there is currently a reduced output of new medicines within the market, however, demand for novel drugs is still steadily increasing.

This year’s event will specifically focus on innovations within the field that has the potential to drive the pharmaceutical industry into a new era of medicines, with optimisation of the R&D process to become cheaper, faster and increasing the likelihood of drug efficacy and success. These are some of the major obstacles within drug discovery at present, as the process is overall long, expensive and often potential drugs will fail late in clinical trials, wasting resources and time. 

The event will also focus on novel techniques that can be implemented within the field today that can identify new druggable targets and possibly open new therapeutic areas within the clinic. This could offer opportunities for pharmaceutical companies to produce medicines for diseases and ailments that have previously not been targeted, and likewise, offer new drug targets for existing diseases that could potentially offer better clinical outcomes, such as within the development of cancer drugs.

Drug Discovery Chemistry will look at various developments within the field, guiding companies on how they can best utilise the newest technologies and drug discovery modalities to develop new medicines, reduce their R&D cost and timelines, and ultimately, increase their medicine output for commercial success.

Event Hashtag: #SMiDrugDisChem

Key speakers include:

  • Vivek Vishnudas, Senior Vice President Drug discovery & Platform Sciences, Berg LLC
  • Tobias Gabriel, Global Head of Discovery Chemistry, Novartis
  • Govinda Bhisetti, Principal Investigator and Head of Computational Chemistry, Biogen
  • Hasane Ratni, Expert Scientist, F Hoffmann-La Roche
  • Alexander Hillisch, Director of Medicinal Chemistry, Bayer

Key topics for 2019 include:

  • Discuss the impact of the use of novel computational techniques on R&D pipelines
  • Hear about the progress in the development of new drugs on difficult targets and how these can revolutionise patient treatment
  • Discover how AI is being utilised in the commercial setting and opportunities to best exploit these to streamline the Drug Discovery Process
  • Explore the potential of new modalities to transform therapeutics
  • Learn about current strategies to increase drug discovery success

Post conference workshop on 20 March 2019

Artificial Intelligence in Drug Discovery

Led by: Nick Camp, Consultant

View the full agenda: www.drug-discovery.co.uk/tdtr

Who should attend

CEOs, Presidents, Vice Presidents and Global Heads, Executive Directors, Vice President & Global head, Principal Scientists, Heads of Business Development, Directors of Pharma/Biotech firms.


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