Cell penetrating peptides (“CPPs”) have a huge role to play in both research and drug delivery. However, the majority of bio-medical researchers rarely use the most sophisticated CPPs available and research using these valuable tools has been slow. Whatever the reasons for this, it has hampered progress in understanding how proteins interact with each other inside human cells.

Workshop LEADER


Jonathan Ryves

Director, Cupid Peptides

Dr W Jonathan Ryves founded Cupid Peptides in 2012.
He has over 25 years’ experience in Protein Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology working in UCL and Cardiff
University and has co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed
scientifi c publications. With over 10 years experience in
Cell Penetrating Peptide (CPP) research, he is pioneering
the practical use of “Cupid”, the most powerful form
of CPP, as a technology platform for Biomolecular
Researchers to understand protein-protein interactions.

Cupid Peptides


CUPID PEPTIDES designs and manufactures high-purity synthetic molecules linking our proprietary CPP3 to any protein. We work with academic and research institutions keen to understand the role of these proteins in complex processes such as cancer and inflammation.
Cupid Technology offers the researcher
Speed – Cargoes are bioactive in 30-60 mins
Control – Using GFP fluorescence to monitor Cupid-Cargo entry
Versatility - Mutant proteins or parts of proteins can also be delivered into cells allowing proteins to be functionally ‘mapped’ giving valuable insight into how proteins are involved in disease.

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration and Coffee

14:00 An introduction to CPPs

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Jonathan Ryves, Director, Cupid Peptides
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• What are CPPs? Discovery and
• A look at the different types of CPPs
and their strengths and weaknesses
• Using CPPs in Biomedical research

14:45 An introduction to Cupid

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Jonathan Ryves, Director, Cupid Peptides
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• Demonstrating its capabilities using
Cupid-GFP Protein

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 The Future of CPPs - Therapeutic applications

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Jonathan Ryves, Director, Cupid Peptides
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• Cupid Stem Cell Project

16:45 How can CPPs work for you?

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Jonathan Ryves, Director, Cupid Peptides
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• Real problems and solutions

17:30 End of Workshop


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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