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Examples of successful employment of predictive methods in the design of better molecules.
What are the properties that matter and how well are they predicted?
What are the implications and risks of sub-optimal molecules?
How can you quantify progress and design by multiparameter optimisation?

  • Better understand how machine and chemist can work together to achieve the best discovery results
  • Understand challenges from both the machine and scientist point of view with the guidance of an expert with 30 years’ experience in medicinal chemistry with much experience in property- and structure-based design.
  • Gain an appreciation of the current strengths and pitfalls
  • Enable better decision making in your work
  • Make computational predictions within and beyond the Rule of 5

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Opening Remarks

9:10 Optimizing the application of predictive methods for improving drug design – the machine side of things

• Exploring how machine and scientist can work together to achieve best results
• Deep dive into currently available methods and where can they be integrated into the drug design process
• Reviewing successful employments of predictive methods into drug design – what can we learn from the past and where will things develop in future?
• Looking at computational predictions within and beyond the Rule of 5
• Working through industry examples to reveal predictive methods’ strengths and pitfalls


Robert Young

Robert Young, Account Manager, Blue Burgundy Ltd
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Phil Cox

Phil Cox, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Cheminformatics Group Leader, Abbvie
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10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Optimizing the application of predictive methods for improving drug design – the scientist side of things

• Understanding what the key properties are the impact of the ones that really matter
• Comparing traditional prediction methods vs machine-enabled methods – on the way to an optimal balance
• Assessing the risks of sub-optimal molecules
• How can progress be quantified?

Robert Young

Robert Young, Account Manager, Blue Burgundy Ltd
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Phil Cox

Phil Cox, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Cheminformatics Group Leader, Abbvie
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11:50 Closing Remarks

12:00 End of Workshop



Robert Young

Robert Young

Account Manager, Blue Burgundy Ltd

Phil Cox

Senior Principal Research Scientist, Cheminformatics Group Leader, Abbvie
Phil Cox

Phil Cox began his industrial career in 1997 with Oxford Asymmetry International (now Evotec) where he was a Project Leader in the Discovery Services Division working on multiple collaborations in both the Pharmaceutical and Agrochemical sectors. Phil then moved to Pharmacia, Skokie, where he was a member of the Parallel Medicinal Chemistry Group before transferring to Ann Arbor as part of the Pfizer acquisition in 2003. After Pfizer closed Ann Arbor in 2007, Phil moved to Abbott Labs (now AbbVie Inc.), where he has held several leadership positions in medicinal chemistry including; Hit to Lead Chemistry, FBDD Chemistry, and currently in Cheminformatics. In 2016 Phil was appointed an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Washington State University. Phil is an inventor on numerous patents spanning multiple therapeutic areas and has published articles in the areas of medicinal chemistry, compound collection design, property-based design beyond Ro5, and fragment-based drug discovery.

Robert Young

Account Manager, Blue Burgundy Ltd
Robert Young

Rob Young joined Wellcome on Valentine’s day 1990, after completing his undergraduate and D.Phil studies at University of Oxford and Post Doc at Ben May Institute, University of Chicago. His industrial career navigated many changes, mergers and acquisitions, charting significant contributions to six development candidates before moving to early stage discovery.
Productive partnership with Alan Hill (Physical Properties) culminated in the establishment of Chrom logD and PFI as GSK standards. Author/inventor on approaching 100 publications/ patent applications and visiting Professor, University of St Andrews.
Rob took early retirement from GSK in July 2019 and set up Blue Burgundy Consulting.

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Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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‘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.

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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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