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PhysChem FORUM 5

Registration is now closed.


PhysChem Forum are pleased to announce our fifth Physical Chemistry Symposium, to be held at GSK, Stevenage, UK on Thursday 19th June 2008.

Participants are invited to arrive at the Letchworth Hall Hotel, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire for registration and a keynote speech the previous evening and then the symposium sessions will be held all day.

All posters are welcome but presentations are reserved for non-commercial work.

Who Should Attend?

Scientists who have been actively involved in driving forward this area of the industry within their own institutions.


The programme will comprise a mixture of presentations and posters with ample opportunity dedicated to questions. The afternoon will include a discussion forum and we will be encouraging questions to be submitted in advance of the symposium or during the morning coffee and lunch breaks.


A prize, sponsored by Sirius Analytical, will be awarded for the best poster.

Welcome Dinner and Accommodation

We shall be holding a 'Welcome Dinner', including a key-note speech by Professor Robert C Glen (Unilever Centre for Molecular Informatics, Cambridge), in the Marston Suite at the Letchworth Hall Hotel, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire on Wednesday 18th June (the evening before the symposium).

Please note that the cost of the pre-symposium dinner is £26 (excluding drinks). Hotel residents will be able to pay this along with their room fee at checkout. Non-residents will need to pay for their dinner at the registration desk (cash only).

50 Rooms have been reserved for delegates; the hotel facilities are superb and include a Fitness suite and Swimming pool.

If you wish for a room to be allocated to you please advise us of this with your registration, a provisional booking will then be made on your behalf.

The room tariff is £69. This includes breakfast and complimentary use of the fitness suite and swimming pool.

We only have 50 rooms available so early registration is recommended. Please do not book directly with the hotel as we have negotiated a very special rate which is only available if booked through us.

Coach transport from the hotel to the GSK site will be provided on the morning of the 19th June


Registration is now closed.

There is no charge for this meeting. Attendance will only be allowed with prior registration.

The deadline for registrations is 28th May 2008. Hotel bookings will not be placed after this date.

To register for PhysChem FORUM 5 please email

Please include the following information with your registration.

  • Delegate name:

  • Affiliation:

  • Do you intend to bring a poster? Y/N

  • Do you intend to attend the symposium dinner (cost £26) Y/N

  • If Yes, do you have any special dietary requirements

  • Do you require accommodation at the symposium hotel (£69.00 inc breakfast) Y/N
    (Note: You are responsible for covering all your costs incurred during your stay)

  • Will you be travelling by car? Y/N

  • If known, what is the vehicle registration no:

Welcome Dinner, Wednesday 18th June 2008

in the Marston Suite at the Letchworth Hall Hotel, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire. (Tel 01462 683747, click for directions)


Welcome reception and registration


Molecular Informatics: A finger in every pie
Professor Robert C Glen, Unilever Centre for Molecular Informatics, Cambridge

19.45 Social Interlude


Pre-Symposium Dinner

Symposium Programme, 19th June 2008

at GSK, Stevenage, UK. (click for directions)

Morning session - Chair: Alan Hill, GSK

8.30 - 9.00

Late Registration

9.05 - 9.15

Steve Lane, VP Analytical Chemistry, GSK

9.15 - 9.30

PhysChem FORUM Business
Alan Hill, GSK

9.30 - 10.10

Formulation, Dosing Routes and Pharmaceutics
Cyrille Chery, Organon, Oss

10.10 - 10.50

Physical Chemistry Ė A Medicinal Chemistís Perspective
Rob Young, GSK

10.50 - 11.20

Coffee and poster session

11.20 - 12.00

What are we actually measuring the solubility of?
Jonathan Burley, University of Nottingham

12.00 - 13.30

Lunch and poster session

Afternoon session - Chair: Nicola Colclough, AstraZeneca

13.30 - 14.10

High Throughput Solubility Assay Combined With Polarised Light Microscope Observation
Kiyo Sugano, Pfizer

14.10 - 14.50

High Throughput Screening of pKa by Capillary Electrophoresis and Mass Spectrometry and Long-term Validation
Hong Wan, AstraZeneca

14.50 - 15.10

Poster prize presentation: Coffee and poster session

15.10 - 15.50

Assessing and Improving the Reliability of In Silico Property Predictions by Incorporating In-house Data
Pranas Japertas, Pharma Algorithms

15.50 - 16.30

Pharmaceutical Crystals: Synthesis and Screening Through Mechano-chemistry
Tomislav Friöčić, Pfizer Institute for Pharmaceutical Materials Science


Close of meeting and departure


It is the intention of the PhysChem FORUM to maintain the meeting as free to attend for all delegates. Therefore we cannot cover any expense costs incurred, including those of the pre-conference dinner.

We are grateful to the following companies for providing support for this meeting:

GSK, the host company, for providing the venue and catering on the day of the symposium and the provision of coach transport from the Letchworth Hall Hotel to the GSK site for the symposium meeting.

Sirius Analytical who have kindly offered to provide a prize for the best poster (as judged by the committee).

Pharma Algorithms for kindly offering to sponsor the wine to accompany the symposium dinner.
Tecan for kindly offering to sponsor the welcome reception.

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