Drug Discovery 2024

Connecting Minds, Transforming Science, Empowering the Community.

2-3 October 2024

ExCel, London


Event overview 

Europe’s largest conference for the drug discovery community returns to London, with scientific tracks covering not only therapeutic themes such as mechanisms of ageing and cell & gene therapy, but also more practical aspects of drug discovery encompassing advances in assay design, applications in high content imaging, target identification and disease modelling.  This year’s Scientific Content Partners are the Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult, the Royal Society of Chemistry, SBi2 and SLAS, all of whom are providing science tracks prepared by their community members. And in the middle of all this science there is the exhibition hall, which is a great opportunity to meet over two hundred drug discovery suppliers and to learn about all the latest products and services you can use in your research. 

Whether you’re involved in early drug discovery research or translating your promising therapy to the clinic, you’ll be sure to discover something that can help you at this year’s event. 


ELRIG aims to remove as many barriers to conference attendance as possible, so all events are free to attend and with a prayer room, family room and quiet room available, ensuring our promise of inclusivity is at the heart of all our events.

Drug Discovery 2024 Conference Directors:

Katie Chapman
Tessellate Bio

Andy Merritt
Life Arc

Alex Alderton

Laura Eghobamien
Black Medical Scientific Network



Find out more…

At Drug Discovery 2024 we are thrilled to continue our commitment to fostering a passion for STEM among the next generation. We will be welcoming local students to ExCeL who will have the opportunity to explore the world of science with hands-on experiments, captivating demos, using cutting edge equipment and take part in an engaging Q&A session with our Early Career Professional team. We believe that inspiring young minds is key to building a brighter, more innovative future. together we are nurturing the scientists of tomorrow.

This inspiring space will be focussing on two key themes – Sustainability in Drug Discovery on Day 1 and and Robotics, Automation and AI: Driving Innovations and Key Applications in Drug Discovery on Day 2! Hosted by industry experts you can be sure these sessions will ignite your passion and get you thinking!

We recognise the vital role that young companies play in driving innovation, so to support and amplify their contributions we’re delighted to introduce the ELRIG Breakthrough Zone. If you might be interested in featuring in this space please fill out our application form and tell us about your innovation in 300 words by 31 August. Select Breakthrough Zone from the drop down menu to find out more! We’re also offering our Breakthrough Zone participants a chance to win a presentation as part of the main programme at Drug Discovery! So grab the opportunity to exhibit at Europe’s biggest Drug Discovery event now!

Find the ELRIG team centrally located in hall N2. This space will include our media lounge, speaker ready table, Sales team and a place to meet. Pop by and say hello, check out our events planned for 2025! Secure your spot and get ahead!

Celebrating the innovation, scientific successes and personal achievements of our community is extremely important to us. We are proud to be able to recognise talent and valuable research through the giving of awards at Drug Discovery 2024. Awards categories are as follows: ELRIG’s ECP Impact Award, ELRIG’s Best ECP Poster. Head to the Awards page in the drop down for more info.

Join us for a networking session like no other…aimed at early career professionals – you can meet with industry experts, forge new connections, listen to their tips to the top and understand strategies to help your career. Just turn up and join this speedy, buzzy networking event, you’ll be glad you did! Tuesday 2nd October 17:00-18:30 at the ELRIG Hub.


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Career Zone

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Learning Zone

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