Drug Discovery, ELRIG’s flagship event, is back for its 13th year. With collaboration at its core, the show brings together the whole drug discovery community to share learnings and hear about the latest technologies that could accelerate the development of new medicines, such as advancements in disease modelling and the use of big data and artificial intelligence. The conference will take place at the ACC in Liverpool, on 5-6 November, for its most stimulating year yet, with a jam-packed programme featuring over 50 renowned speakers.

Register today to secure your place at Drug Discovery 2019

From academic to industry professionals, from suppliers to consumers, and from early career to established researchers, there truly is something for everyone at Drug Discovery 2019. Read on to find out why you simply cannot afford to miss it.

How can you miss Drug Discovery 2019 if…

1.   The science is world-class?

The Drug Discovery 2019 programme is packed with over 50 world-class speakers, including plenary keynotes Dr Mene Pangalos (EVP, R&D BioPharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca) and Dr Fiona Marshall (VP, MSD). Whatever your scientific interests, the breadth of the topics covered by our expert speakers will ensure you learn something new about cutting-edge technological innovations and approaches, as well as insights relating to current issues and opportunities in drug discovery. Ultimately, this wealth of information could help you to generate new ideas to drive your research forward.

2.   Entry to the show is free?

Yes, it’s true! To ensure the event is accessible for all members of the scientific community, Drug Discovery 2019 is completely free for delegates – even lunch is provided. However, although the meeting is free, the quality of the science on show will be second to none, and better still, all workshops, training sessions and talks are included with your entrance pass. You can even present a poster about your research for no charge by submitting an abstract for review by the meeting’s Scientific Program Committee – there really are no hidden costs. So why don’t you register today to join a wealth of industry leaders and academic experts, without having to spend a penny on registration fees?

3.   You can network with your peers from across the community?

Individuals from all sectors of the drug discovery community will attend Drug Discovery 2019. It’s expected that around 1,200 delegates will attend the meeting, with more than 60% coming from biopharma, over 30% from academia and just under 10% from other domains, including investment firms, government agencies and the media. So, if your interactions are usually restricted to networking with experts in your own field, then this is your chance to find out how your research could be applied to other areas. By attending one of our networking events, you can tap into this diverse range of knowledge to uncover insights and discover technologies that could drive your research forward, help you reach your goals and even lead to your next career opportunity.

4.   There are truly innovative technologies to discover?

With over 100 exhibitors at Drug Discovery 2019 keen to show you the latest technologies you can use to improve your research output and efficiency, you’ll be sure to pick up a few tips and tricks you can take back to the lab. You might even find a technology that could unlock the full potential of your research and lead to a major breakthrough! This year, the event also boasts the Innovation Zone, which showcases a diverse range of emerging companies offering real cutting-edge technologies and services. Come along to the Innovation Zone to make some new connections and hear about the greatest up-and-coming developments that could meet your research needs.

5.   The amazing training and development opportunities are second to none?

Drug Discovery 2019 not only gives you the opportunity to engage with and learn from key opinion leaders and experts, it is also home to fantastic parallel tracks with strong themes that enable you to learn about specific areas of interest via our unique ‘learning paths’. Look out for the learning path icons in the show programme to follow your track of interest.

Also, back by popular demand is the wealth of exceptional free-to-attend training workshops. This year, the CamBioScience training zone is running workshops and lectures on two of the hottest topics in drug discovery – cerebral organoids and CRISPR. Come along to learn about the latest techniques in these areas and how they could enhance your research

6.   You can receive early career advice from experts and tap into new opportunities?

Building networks at events like Drug Discovery 2019 is particularly important for Early Career Professionals. At ELRIG, we go that extra mile for everyone starting out in the sector, so whether you’re a post-doc, postgraduate, or early career researcher, Drug Discovery 2019 offers an unrivalled opportunity to get the insight you need to shape your own future. The activities at last year’s conference were a great success and provided real value for all who participated, as attendee Kelly Kuan stated, “I thought the introduction of workshops and Learning Paths aimed at people in their early career stage is a brilliant idea. These sessions definitely benefitted people in the early stages of their scientific career as well as people, like myself, who are returning to the profession from a career break.”

With sessions such as “Network like a Boss”, as well as CV workshops, Drug Discovery 2019 really is the place to get your career questions answered and obtain the expert guidance you need to fulfil your ambitions. And, brand new this year, is the Early Career Professional Impact Award sponsored by SelectScience. The award will be given to the Early Career Professional judged to have made the highest impact in their field, either through their own science or technology development work, or through their facilitation of drug discovery by leadership and/or collaborations. The winner will be invited to give a 20-minute platform presentation of their work at the show and be interviewed by the SelectScience team to promote their achievement. Additionally, they will be awarded a prize of £500 to be spent on further career development.

So, if you’re an Early Career Professional, Drug Discovery really is the perfect event for you.

7.   The show is an exciting, expertly organized event in one of the world’s most iconic cities?

Now in its 13th year, Drug Discovery 2019 has been honed over a decade to ensure attendees receive real value. ELRIG also uses its wealth of experience in organizing conferences across Europe to ensure delegates experience a seamlessly organised event, so you can get the most out of your time at the show.

The vibrant venue, ACC Liverpool, UK, will only add to your enjoyment. Set on the banks of the River Mersey, at the heart of the city’s iconic waterfront, the conference centre gives you a chance to experience a modern and friendly city that is rich in heritage and world trade history.

To help make your time at the show even more enjoyable, download the ELRIG app so you can quickly and easily retrieve information about Drug Discovery 2019 on your mobile device. Alternatively, visit the ELRIG website for an interactive event programme. You can also follow the conversation before and during the show by using the hashtag #ELRIG on Twitter.

If you would like to learn more about the event and register for free, click here.