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Welcome to the SpiroWebinars.

Our concept: a group of passionate chemists gathers for an hour-long experience - a journey into the future of chemistry and discovery. We hope that our small webinars will turn into the unmissable rendez-vous for those in-the-know in the discovery chemistry community.

In this SpiroWebinar Spring Series (Reshaping Flatland), we will be covering a topic that keeps us all awake at night: how to construct better molecules with better properties, and in particular, how to Escape from Flatland?.* Our line-up of leading scientists will present new concepts and technologies to support you in your exploration of chemical and property space and provide some inspiration on your quest of the medicines of tomorrow.

*Escape from Flatland: Increasing Saturation as an Approach to Improving Clinical Success | Lovering, Bikker & Humblet, J. Med. Chem. 2009, 52, 21, 6752

Get to know us

Get to know us.

Prof. David Sarlah

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA and Scientific Advisor of SpiroChem

Prof. Erick M. Carreira

Professor, ETH-Zürich, Switzerland and co-founder, member of the Board of SpiroChem

Dr. Thomas C. Fessard

CEO, co-founder and member of the Board of SpiroChem

Dr. Robert J. Young

Principal of Blue Burgundy (Drug Discovery Consulting) Ltd

At what time?


Prof. David Sarlah – May 13th

Reshaping Flatland: Dearomative Methods for Rapid Construction of Valuable 3D Molecules

Past Webinar

Prof. Erick M. Carreira – May 27th

Reshaping Flatland: the story behind small rings and spirocycles

Past Webinar

Dr. Thomas C. Fessard - June 10th

Reshaping Flatland: Methods to access novel 3D conformationally-restricted motifs: it’s all about efficiency

Dr. Robert J. Young

Reshaping Flatland: The principles of constraining lipophilicity, saturation and shape.

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Next Speaker

Dr. Robert J. Young

Rob Young joined Wellcome in 1990, following BA/DPhil degrees at University of Oxford (research with Jack Baldwin, Part II & George Fleet, D. Phil) and Post Doc with Prof Ron Harvey at Ben May Institute, University of Chicago.

His subsequent career navigated changes, mergers and acquisitions at GlaxoWellcome and GSK, charting significant contributions to six development candidates in antivirals (HIV/HBV/Herpes), iNOS and Factor Xa. He moved to early stage discovery (2006) and contributed to/led numerous H2L programs, several with the GSK Diseases of the Developing World group in Spain and GSK sites worldwide.

Expertise in Physical Properties and the Property Forecast Index were developed in a productive partnership with Alan Hill.
Author/inventor on approaching 100 publications/ patents and an honorary visiting Professor, University of St Andrews.
Rob took early retirement from GSK in July 2019 and set up Blue Burgundy to pursue medicinal chemistry consulting and educational interests.



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