SMi is proud to present its 3rd Annual Drug Discovery Chemistry conference on the 18th-19th March 2019 in London.

The drug discovery field is undergoing dramatic change. There is currently a reduced output of new medicines due to challenges in R&D, pricing pressures and regulations. While these challenges are slowing progress, demand for new, more effective medicines are steadily growing. However, new technologies have allowed for the drug discovery process to overall become more streamlined and cost-efficient, and scientific advances have made the identification of novel drug targets, modalities, and therapeutic areas to be recognised. This presents a new opportunity for the development of novel medicines and technologies within the pharmaceutical market.

SMi group’s 3rd annual Drug Discovery Chemistry conference aims to discuss emerging techniques, potential drug targets, and advances in the drug discovery field that are driving the pharmaceutical industry into a new era of medicines and therapeutics. This conference aims to provide insight into how these developments can be best utilised in the commercial setting.

Join us in London, March 2019, as we discuss the latest developments in the field of Drug Discovery Chemistry. Network with industry experts, gain insight into the latest technological developments and how these are being utilised within the pharmaceutical industry, discuss the potential of novel drug modalities, the use of AI in drug discovery and the latest medicinal chemistry techniques and how these can be brought into the commercial market.

  • Discuss latest advances in Medicinal chemistry techniques and how these can be implemented in the commercial space of drug discovery.
  • Learn about Protein degradation in drug discovery with the utilisation of PROTACs
  • Hear about PPIs and how protein-protein interactions are being targeted in drug discovery
  • Gain insight into the potential of Macrocycles in targeting difficult genomic targets
  • Discover how advances in technology are influencing molecular imagery, and the potentials of using Cryo-Em in discovery prospects
  • Discuss the uses and advances in AI in drug discovery and the potential for the future
  • Hear about how the pharmaceutical industry are making use of AI currently

Abbvie Deutschland GmbH & Co KG; ABX-CRO; Angelini s.p.a.; AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim ; Fundació Sant Joan de Déu; GSK; Health Protection Agency; J and J; Janssen (Johnson&Johnson); Johnson & Johnson; mayer brown llp; MHRA; Novo Nordisk A/S; Orion Pharma; Orphazyme A/S; Otsuka Europe Development and Commercialisation Ltd; Paediatric Research Consultancy and Please Read Carefully Lay Language Communications; Pfizer Inc.; Quotient Sciences; Roche Pharma Schweiz AG; Roche Products Ltd; Saint Joan de Deu Research Foundation; Sanofi; SynteractHCR; Takeda; The Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital trust; UCB Pharma; University of Liverpool; Vifor (International) Ltd;


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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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