PCF2024, Jealott's Hill


The PhysChem Forum Committee are pleased to announce the next Physical Chemistry Symposium, PCF2024. This will be held at Syngenta, Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre, Bracknell, Berks, RG42 6EY, UK, on Monday 30th September and Tuesday 1st October 2024. The meeting title is "Closing the loop - measuring, modelling and predicting PhysChem properties". Registration will start earlier than usual, at 2pm on the Monday, with three talks starting at 3:30pm followed by gala dinner at 8pm. The Monday seesion will be held in the Hilton Doubletree St Annes Manor outside Wokingham, with the Tuesday meeting held at Syngenta Jealott's Hill (google map link). A bus will be available to take attendees from the hotel to the conference site on the Tuesday morning. A site map and site info leaflet can be found here.


The suggested hotel is the Hilton Doubletree St Annes Manor. You can book a discounted room via this link. The discount will also apply to the nights either side of the conference should attendees wish to arrive early or depart late. The final day for using the discount is Friday 16th August.


Registration for the meeting is now open - please complete this form.

Programme (provisional and subject to update)

Monday 30th September, Hilton Doubletree St Annes Manor

Time Session
1400-1530 Registration
1530-1540 Welcome and introduction to PCF2024 (tbc)
1540-1620 New modalities - formulation challenges and opportunities for complex molecules (Johan Ulander, AstraZeneca Gothenburg)
1620-1700 Nonclassical zwitterions as a design principle to reduce lipophilicity without impacting permeability (Henrik Moebitz, Novaartis, Basel)
1700-1730 Tea break
1730-1830 Keynote - Changing face of drugs: implications for discovery, delivery and development (Marianne Ashford, AstraZeneca)
1830-1930 Social break
1930-2200 Symposium dinner

Tuesday 1st October, Syngenta Jealott's Hill, Warfield, Bracknell, RG42 6EY, UK. Google map link here.

Time Session
0830-0900 Late registration and poster set-up
0900-0910 Syngenta site welcome
0910-0950 Agrochemical ADME and going digital (Jonathan Rains and Chris Baker, Syngenta, Jealott's Hill)
0950-1030 Developing amorphous solid dispersions with a MIDAS touch (Talbir Austin, SEDA, Cheadle)
1030-1110 Coffee break and poster viewing
1110-1150 TBC (Ferdausi Mazumder, GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage)
1150-1210 Flash poster presentations, 2 mins each
1210-1340 Lunch and poster viewing/Syngenta site tour (in parallel)
1340-1420 Targeted drug delivery to the lymphatic system (Pavel Gershkovich, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham)
1420-1500 Poster prize award followed by tea/coffee and poster viewing
1500-1540 Surrogation of biological properties by physico-chemical parameters (Marti Roses, University of Barcelona)
1540-1620 TBC (David Palmer, University of Strathclyde)
1620-1630 Wrap-up and depart


Posters are encouraged, please indicate if you are interested in bringing one when registering. Maximum dimensions 180 x 88 cm.

The Jealott's Hill site

Jealott’s Hill is a key site in Syngenta’s global Research and Development network and the company’s largest site for chemical and biological crop protection R&D, with over 1000 people and more than 45 nationalities represented. It is the largest commercial research facility in the UK dedicated to the introduction of new agricultural technologies for global use, supporting end to end scientific innovation from early discovery through to development and product support. Key activities at Jealott’s Hill include research into the discovery, design and characterisation of novel crop protection products along with the development of new formulation technologies and extensive human and environmental safety studies. The site also supports seeds research and has rapidly growing capabilities in digital and data science from R&D to the field. Jealott’s Hill contains a number of centres of scientific excellence, both chemical and biological, that support our worldwide R&D activities and is also a key hub for global R&D collaborations.

Supporters and sponsors

The PhysChem Forum is very grateful to our host Syngenta and our sponsors for helping us run PCF2024 as a free-to-attend event.

Syngenta At the Syngenta Group, our 60,000 people across more than 100 countries strive every day to transform agriculture through tailor-made solutions for the benefit of farmers, society and our planet – making us the world's most local agricultural technology and innovation partner. They are also very kindly hosting pcf2024!

Pion is a science-based company providing innovative technology, solutions, support and scientific expertise to the drug development industry. Pion empowers the pharmaceutical research community to use trusted data for the development of new and unique products that make a difference to people’s lives.

ACD/Labs ACD/Labs is a leading provider of scientific software, aiding decision-making and digital transformation in chemical and pharmaceutical R&D. Our science-centric solutions offer harmonized, AI-ready analytical, structural and molecular information, with FAIR-compliance. Our cloud-enabled technologies enable proliferation of chemically intelligent knowledge and workflow automation. For 30 years we have partnered with global organisations to enhance productivity and accelerate scientific innovation.

SEDA Pharmaceutical Development Services have a mission to maximise value through integrated Pharmaceutical Development and Clinical Pharmacology support. We enable rapid and efficient development of optimal medicinal products, from conventional to complex, through pragmatic and coherent scientific excellence.

We provide Clients with the experience and expertise found in the development functions of major pharmaceutical companies but with the speed and flexibility required by fast moving biotechs. We ensure that our systems, processes and project strategy have the agility to stay off the critical path. Enhancing the value proposition of our Clients is our contribution to bringing new, innovative therapies to patients rapidly and successfully.

The Solubility Company is a trusted preclinical CRO providing physicochemical measurement services based on the proprietary SPA method. The SPA platform technology enables rapid and accurate solubility screening from less than 100 µg of solid material and from anonymous samples! The technology is universal and works with all solvent types from aqueous media to organic solvents and formulation vehicles over a broad range of temperatures.

Our service laboratories are based in Helsinki, Finland and in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. The labs are operated by a highly skilled team with more than 50 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and development.

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