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This meeting aims to showcase vignettes of modern medicinal chemistry to bring new thinking to the subject, challenge perceptions and encourage scientific interaction between researchers. The short presentation format of the meeting also aims to provide a focussed forum to promote examples of medicinal chemistry excellence.
With the current challenges of meeting face to face, this conference has moved to a virtual format. We have three leading speakers in the field of medicinal chemistry covering a diverse range of topics;
Key learning objectives for the meeting are to:
In addition to the talks, we will host an interactive, panel discussion with our three key opinion leaders on the future direction of medicinal chemistry where the audience will have the opportunity to participate.
We look forward to virtually welcoming you to what we hope will be an informative and interactive virtual meeting
Dr. Bunnage joined Vertex in 2016 as Senior Vice President and Site Head for Boston Research. His team works on a number of serious diseases, including alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, and sickle cell disease. Prior to joining Vertex, Dr. Bunnage spent 20 years at Pfizer where he held a variety of roles within Medicinal Chemistry. Dr. Bunnage has broad interests in Drug Discovery and is an author or inventor on over 50 publications and patents. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a visiting Professor in Chemistry at the University of Oxford.
Rhian Holvey completed her Masters at the University of Oxford in 2009 before moving to the University of Cambridge for the CRUK PhD Training Programme in Chemical Biology and Molecular Medicine, where she was supervised by Professor Chris Abell, Dr Murray Stewart and Professor David Neal. Since 2014 she has been a medicinal chemist at Astex Pharmaceuticals specialising in FBDD with a focus on oncology and neurodegeneration.
William Farnaby is currently a team leader in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology at the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee. He leads a multi-disciplinary team of drug discovery scientists engaged in a collaboration between Professor Alessio Ciulli and Boehringer Ingelheim. This unique collaboration model aims to discover bi-valent degraders to address areas of critical unmet medical need. William has led and progressed protein degradation projects through multiple stages of the drug discovery process and in doing so continues to contribute significantly to the advance of rational degrader design, synthesis and methods of biochemical and cellular evaluation. Prior to this William worked for 8 years at Takeda Cambridge as a senior medicinal chemist, contributing to the discovery of a number of pre-clinical and clinical candidates and leading collaborative programs for the discovery of novel CNS focussed chemistries.
Welcome and introduction
Dr William Farnaby, University of Dundee
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