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Medicinal Chemistry
Gordon Research Conference

Highlighting Innovations and Technologies: First Disclosures of Programs and Approaches for Therapeutic Discovery


August 6-11, 2017


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH Site Information


Matthew Marx

Vice Chair:
Carolyn D. Dzierba

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 9, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2017 Medicinal Chemistry Gordon Research Conference will feature talks on the cutting edge of the discipline that include new innovations, technologies and compounds that advance the science. Carolyn Dzierba of Bristol-Myers Squibb is responsible for the scientific program; please see the planned topic areas below and contact the Chairs if you would like to submit a talk proposal. The program of speakers will be developed between August and November, 2016.

In addition to the general scientific sessions the conference will culminate with a Special Topics Session organized by Matt Bourbeau of Amgen. This session comprises late-breaking results on important clinical candidates across therapeutic areas. Finally, the conference will wrap up on Thursday evening with the Keynote address organized by the Chair.

We strongly encourage attendees to submit poster presentations on any aspect of Medicinal Chemistry as, historically, the poster sessions have been an essential outlet for thoughtful discussion and interaction among the conferees. This year, the poster sessions will be organized by Darby Schmidt of Quartet Medicine.

This conference is typically full by early May. We encourage application by April 1st and the submission of any poster abstracts by April 15th to facilitate the admissions process.

The 2017 Medicinal Chemistry GRC will continue a tradition of outstanding science presented in a relaxed atmosphere offering a variety of social activities. Vice-Chair Elect Robert Marquis of GSK will organize social events for the week, including a hike of Mt. Kearsarge, softball, soccer, kayaking and a golf tournament.

As we look forward to another outstanding conference in 2017, on behalf of myself, the Vice Chair and the Vice-Chair elect, we welcome your application and particularly encourage the application from those of diverse scientific backgrounds.

Thank you for your interest in the Medicinal Chemistry GRC.

Matt Marx
Mirati Therapeutics
Chair, 2017 Medicinal Chemistry GRC

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Medicinal Chemistry" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by April 6, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Advances in Small Molecule Immunomodulators
    (David Weinstein / Alex Cortez / Lynn Hawkins / Alec Lebsack)
  • New Directions in Oncology
    (Cindy Parrish / Christopher O'Donnell / Frederick Goldberg / Thomas D. Aicher / Chudi Ndubaku)
  • Challenges and Novel Approaches to the Treatment of Epilepsy
    (Graeme Freestone / H. Steve White / Olivier Bezencon / Jamison Tuttle)
  • Rare Diseases/Genetically-Driven Diseases
    (Joshi Ramanjulu / Brian Hodous / Pamela Haile / Florence Wagner / Johan Oslob)
  • Recent Developments in Covalent Drug Design
    (Matthew Volgraf / Jack Taunton / Christopher Butler / Chandra Miduturu)
  • Targeted Drug Delivery
    (Valentina Molteni / Dawn George / Kim Huard / Philip Low / Muthiah Manoharan)
  • Organic Synthesis: Strategic Role in Accelerating Project Advancement
    (Christopher Helal / Paul Dransfield / Alex Hird / Adrian Gill)
  • Late-Breaking Topics
    (Matthew Bourbeau / Paul Scola / Lesley Liu-Bujalski / James Taylor / Yong Shin Cho)
  • Keynote Session: A Perspective on Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry
    (Matthew Marx / Phil Baran)
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