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Royal Society of Chemistry Theatre

Royal Society of Chemistry Theatre

The Royal Society of Chemistry returns on the show floor, with new seminars designed to discuss the latest advancements in topics such as artificial intelligence, laboratory automation, marijuana chemistry and legal highs.

Take a look at the seminar programme below:

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Day One

10:15 - 10:30

Welcome, Introduction to Day 1 & Sessions 

Phillip Broadwith, Business Editor, Chemistry World


10:30 - 11:00

Nick Taylor

Adventures in the process industry: The move from being a good manufacturer to being a good data manager

Nick Taylor, Marketing Director, Europe, Emerson

A look at how process automation has evolved from the most basic measurement & control of primary variables essential to manufacturing such as temperature, pressure, level & flow rate through to a big data adventure which requires both new ways of working in the manufacturing plant & new collaborative business models.



11:00 - 11:30

Jeremy Besnard

Applying AI and evolution to drug discovery

Jérémy Besnard, Chief Technology Officer, Exscientia

Designing new drug is a long process requiring synthesis and testing of hundreds of compounds. Using AI and evolutionary algorithms this step can be made more efficient and faster. Exscientia technology has been developed with that goal and will be presented to show how it is implemented and applied on current collaborative projects.


11:30 - 12:00

Microtissue-based screening using automation and the EnSight multimode plate reader to generate and characterize scaffold-free 3D cell cultures

Stuart McLarnon, Application Specialist, PerkinElmer

Three-dimensional (3D) cell culture spans the gap between the traditional “petri-dish-based” format and whole-animal systems giving unique perspectives on tumorigenesis. Process standardization is essential to enable the generation of robust and reproducible data with more biologically relevant, complex, 3D models.

Production and characterization of 3D spheroid microtissues can be simplified and standardized by integrating application specific microplates, automated liquid handlers and imaging enabled multimode plate readers which combine to reduce variability, hands-on time and errors produced by manual pipetting. Microtissue growth can be assessed directly using the imaging module of the EnSight plate reader and a custom-developed analysis method that automatically generates brightfield images of each well, identifies and measures spheroid area. This combined technology approach allows for rapid monitoring of tumour microtissue growth without necessitating the addition of a fluorescent label.

 

 


12:00 - 13:00

Lunch break


13:00 - 13:45

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Adam Rutherford

Pipetting in Hollywood: my life as a scientific advisor in films.

Adam Rutherford, Geneticist and Broadcaster


13:45 - 14:00

Break


14:00 - 14:30

Kathy Ridgeway

Automated laboratory solutions; from sample prep to data analysis

Kathy Ridgeway, Applications Chemisst, Anatune

Automation in laboratories is well established, but with the new generation of robotic solutions, the possibilities for a fully automated method have increased. Manual tasks previously performed by lab technicians can now be fully controlled by software and data output linked to external systems for on-line analysis solutions. This talk will outline some of the solutions available and discuss how new technologies have influenced many laboratory work flows.





14:30 - 14:45

Break


14:45 - 15:30

Robert Bowles

Get the skills to beat the robots

Dr Rob Bowls, Careers Specialist, Royal Society of Chemistry

Utilising the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Future of the Chemical Sciences scenarios and insights from latest predictions about the future of work, find out how you can future proof your career in a rapidly changing and complex labour market.




Day Two

10:15 - 10:30

Welcome, Introduction to Day 2 & Sessions 

Phillip Broadwith, Business Editor, Chemistry World


10:30 - 11:00

Robert Bowles

Get the skills to beat the robots

Dr Rob Bowls, Careers Specialist, Royal Society of Chemistry

Utilising the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Future of the Chemical Sciences scenarios and insights from latest predictions about the future of work, find out how you can future proof your career in a rapidly changing and complex labour market.





11:00 - 11:30

Mark Hudson

From identity to drug use: developing a rapid diagnostic platform that links drug use to ID

Mark Hudson, Development Director, Intelligent Fingerprinting

A new diagnostic technique will be described which uses fingerprints and their eccrine sweat constituents to allow screening for illicit substances. With picogram levels of drug in each sample, the use of fluorescence, on-the-fly sample concentration and customised collection cartridges have been used to create a rapid diagnostic test suitable for many applications from criminal justice to drug rehabilitation. Fingerprints have never been used in a commercial diagnostic test before. We describe selected highlights and challenges from  the journey that started in UEA in 2007 to the present day resulting in our first commercial devices.





11:30 - 12:00

Steve Alexander

An Embarrassment of Riches: Plant Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids and Synthetic Cannabinoids

Steve Alexander, BSc (Hons), PhD, FBPhS (ORCID). Associate Professor in Molecular Pharmacology, University of Nottingham Medical School

In this talk, Steve will review the multiple entities present in the Cannabis plant, in the human body and those synthesised with the intention of learning more about or exploiting the endocannabinoid system.  The chemical diversity, analysis, and delivery of these entities will be summarised, alongside reflections on their complex pharmacological, toxicological and therapeutic actions.  Thus, we have a richness of both ligands and targets, but our embarrassment is that we have so few successes as cannabinoid medicines.









12:00 - 13:00

Lunch break


13:00 - 13:45

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jude Pullen

Scratching the innventor's itch

Jude Pullen, Design Engineer










13:45 - 14:00

Break


14:00 - 14:45

Chris Thompson

The Analysis of Counterfeit and Unlicensed Medicines

Chris Thompson, Senior Analyst, LGC Group

The MHRA Laboratory at LGC provides analytical testing of medicines to assist the MHRA in its role as the UK’s regulatory body for the quality and safety of medicines.

One of the responsibilities of the laboratory is the analysis of unlicensed and counterfeit medicines to support the work that the MHRA undertakes to tackle the illegal sale of these products. Chris Thompson will discuss the types of products that are seized, the techniques employed to test them, and the interesting results that they yield.

Are online medicines safe? Do they contain their declared ingredients? Can you trust a “100% Natural” remedy?"



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