Agenda Released for SMI’s 2nd Annual Drug Discovery

SMi Reports: SMi’s Drug Discovery conference returns to London in March 2018

The pharmaceutical industry is constantly battling the same issue when trying to discover drugs; the process is timely, expensive and usually unsuccessful. Pharmaceutical companies are trying to speed up the procedure to make it more accurate and minimise drug leads which are likely to fail further on in the drug development process.

With this backdrop, SMi’s 2nd annual Drug Discovery conference provides an unprecedented opportunity to gain insight into the use of Artificial Intelligence in in silico drug discovery, CRISPR and PROTAC’s, as well as discussing advancements in medicinal chemistry, translational medicine and 3D structure based-discovery.

Taking place on 21st and 22nd March 2018 in Central London, the two-day event will continue to lead the field with an unrivalled panel of experts bringing you the latest developments in drug discovery strategies.

The expert speaker panel includes:

Chairman – Darren Green, Director of Molecular Design,GSK

Chairman – Guido Hanauer, Chief Executive Officer, GHPC GmbH

Steve Rees, Vice President, Discovery Biology, AstraZeneca

Stevan W Djuric, PhD, Vice President, Discovery Chemistry and Technology, AbbVie

John Harling, Director of Chemistry for the Protein Degradation DPU, GSK

Ursula Egner, Director, Head of Structural Biology, Bayer AG

Ralph Minter, Director, Fellow, Antibody Discovery and Protein Engineering, MedImmune

Plus, many others including Roche Pharmaceuticals, Exscientia, Epizyme, GHPC Gmbh!


Key highlights of the conference include:

  • Hearing about progressing towards a contemporary medicinal chemistry technology toolkit
  • Debates on Transforming Success through Innovation and Collaboration
  • Learning about Machine Learning for Smarter Drug Discovery
  • Discussing Validating and invalidating targets and whether CRISPR is enough?
  • Insights on Enabling Drug Discovery for Challenging Targets

and more. The full agenda and list of speakers can be found on the event website.


For more details about the conference and registration information, visit

Drug Discovery
21st – 22nd March 2018
Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK


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