9th Fragment-based Drug Discovery Meeting

9th RSC-BMCS Fragment-based Drug Discovery Meeting

Sunday 3rd – Tuesday 5th March, 2024

Hinxton Hall, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge

Important links and downloads
Twitter hashtag – #Fragments24
To register for the meeting, click here
To register as exhibitor/sponsor, click here
To submit abstract, click here
To download Bursary application form, click here
To download first announcement poster, click here
To download second announcement poster, click here

The aim of the 9th RSC-BMCS Fragment-based Drug Discovery meeting will be to continue the focus on case studies in Fragment-based Drug Discovery that have delivered compounds to late stage medicinal chemistry, preclinical or clinical programmes. The Fragment series was started in 2007 and continues with this theme in having over three-quarters of the presentations focused on case studies. This will be complemented by technology progress in high concentration, NMR, SPR and X-ray screening.

Who should attend
This conference is suitable for scientists including chemists, biophysicists, structural biologists, etc., with either existing experience of fragments or wanting to learn about this exciting approach to drug discovery. This international meeting attracts delegates from the UK, several mainland European counties, as well as from the USA, Japan, China and South Korea.

Want to become a member?
To join the RSC in order to qualify for discounted registration fees at all RSC, please follow this RSC link.

The RSC-BMCS are offering a small number of bursaries to attend the meeting in person. Applications are open to PhD and post-doctoral applicants studying at academic institutions or non-profit institutions. Preference will be given to members of the RSC-BMCS. Bursary applications are also invited from RSC or EFMC members who are of working age, but currently unemployed, and from those who may have difficulty in funding themselves or whose organisations may have difficulty in funding their attendance. The bursary value for this event is up to £700 and applicants have to fill an RSC-BMCS application form, please click here to download the application form. The bursary application closing date is Friday 5th January, 2024.

Meet the Experts Session
On Sunday 3rd March there will be “Meet the Experts” interactive session and it is included in your delegate package. A series of four short presentations with opportunities for discussions is planned. After the interactive session, a buffet dinner will be served in the Hinxton Hall conference centre.


Registration is now open, click here to register

In person registration fees
RSC Member* £396
Non-Member £495
RSC Student ** Member* (Undergraduate and post-graduate)  £205
Student** Non-Member (Undergraduate and post-graduate) £253

Online attendance registration fees
RSC Member* £230
Non-Member £287
RSC Student ** Member* (Undergraduate and post-graduate)  £115
Student** Non-Member (Undergraduate and post-graduate) £138
Company group virtual rate (4 people can attend) £800

* Member is a paid-up member of the RSC
** Student rates apply to undergraduate and post-graduate students only, but not post-doctoral students.

Call for Abstracts
Abstract submission is now open, please click here to submit your abstract. The deadline for abstract submission is Midnight (GMT), Friday 1st December 2023.

Sponsorship/Exhibition Opportunities 

Bookings are now open, click here to sponsor or exhibit at the meeting

Exhibition Package is priced at £1,200 and includes:

– One stand personnel with access to technical sessions
– Stand space measuring 3 metres wide x 2 metres deep
– Table measuring 240 cm wide x 80 cm deep and chair
– Electrical and Wi-Fi access
– Your logo and full promotional page in the pdf of the delegate handbook
– Your logo in the rolling slides, shown during the breaks
– Any additional stand personnel will have to be booked as delegates

Email blast details** NOW FULLY BOOKED!
One promotional email sent to meeting delegates on your chosen date prior to the meeting.

We are also seeking sponsorship from organisations supporting the low registration fees offered to students. You can support and sponsor this meeting by clicking here.

Sponsorship includes
-Your logo in the pre-event announcements
-Your logo in the pdf of the delegate handbook
-Your logo in the rolling slides, shown during the breaks
-Your logo included in the communication email to delegates

Charlotte Deane, University of Oxford, UK
Justin Dietrich, Abbvie, US
Dan Erlanson, Frontier Medicines, US
Lucie Guetzoyan, Vernalis, UK
Anna Hirsch, Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Germany
Iacovos Michaelides and Gavin Collie, AstraZeneca, UK
Jonathan Pettinger, GSK, UK
Gerald Platzer, University of Vienna, Austria
David Rees, Astex, UK
Martina Schaefer, Nuvisan, Germany
John Spencer, University of Sussex, UK
Rob Van Monfort, Institute of Cancer Research, UK
Nicola Wilsher, Astex, UK

RSC-BMCS Hall of Fame 2023 winner:
Andrew Hopkins, Excientia, UK

We are grateful to our confirmed exhibitors for their valued support.


Organising Committee
Emma Grant, GSK
Iva Lukac, Charnwood Discovery
Gordon Saxty, NS-MC Consulting LTD (Chair)
Marianne Schimpl, AstraZeneca
Mary Wheldon, University of Dundee (Treasurer)
Alison Woolford, Astex Pharmaceuticals

Secretariat Contact
Hg3 Conferences Ltd
+44 (0)1423 529333