ChromSoc Meeting Preview: Challenges in Small Molecule Analysis in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Column, May 2022, Volume 18, Issue 05
Pages: 33–34

This innovative two-day symposium organized by The Chromatographic Society (ChromSoc) will take place at Chester Racecourse, Chester, United Kingdom, on 19 and 20 May 2022 and will look at the latest developments and challenges in the field of small molecule work with an emphasis on pharmaceutical applications. It will look at a range of topics including: challenges and approaches to impurity profiling, applying QbD to method development, HTS and its role in finding new drug candidates, challenges within environmental analysis, the latest developments in instrumentation/column technology, and discussions on the future of small molecule analysis.

Leading specialists from industry and academia will explain how they apply theory and latest developments to solve very difficult challenges in this area. Instrumentation and consumables will be displayed in a comprehensive supporting exhibition from relevant manufacturers.


Dr Anthony Edge (Avantor), Prof John Dean (Northumbria University), Tim Underwood (GSK), Sylvain Demanze (AZ), Dr Lewis Couchman (ASI), Dr Andrew Feilden (Hall Analytical Laboratories), Dr Luisa Pereira (Unilever), Keira Bailey (Reach Separations), Dr Simon Hird (Waters),Lewis Jones (Sensient), Dr Helena Rapp-Wright (Imperial College),Dr Brian Montgomery (Avantor), Dr Chris Gripton (GSK), Prof Peter Myers (Liverpool University).


DAY ONE: 19th May 2020

9:00 to 10:30 am: Registration desk open: Tea and coffee available

10:30 to 10:40 am: Introduction and welcome from The Chromatographic Society

SESSION 1: Small Molecule Analysis – Pharmaceuticals Part I – The Application of HTS to Finding New Drugs

10:40 to 11:10 am: Keynote Speaker – Challenging Existing Screening Strategies - Tim Underwood, GSK

11:10 to 11:30 am: Title to be confirmed - Dr Lewis Couchman, ASI

11:30 to 11:50 am: Automating Analytical Data Batch-Processing in Drug Discovery with MGears - Sylvain Demanze, Astra Zeneca

11:50 to 12:10 pm: Supplier talks: Agilent

12:10 to 12:30 pm: Q&A session with speakers

12:30 to 14:00 pm: Lunch and Exhibition

SESSION 2: Small Molecule Analysis – Pharmaceuticals

Part II – The Analysis of Impurities

14:00 to 14:30 pm: Eating Ice Cream and Chemical Analysis – The Joy of Working with Vanilla - Lewis Jones, Sensient Flavors

14:30 to 14:50 pm: Method Development Strategies forNitrosamine Analysis - Dr Brian Montgomery, Avantor

14:50 to 15:10 pm: Extractables and Leachables - Dr Andrew Feilden, Hall Analytical

15:10 to 15:30 pm: Q&A session with speakers

15:30 to 16:00 pm: Tea break

SESSION 3: Small Molecule Analysis – Pharmaceuticals Part III – Applying QbD to MD

16:00 to 16:30 pm: Keynote Speaker – Designing an Exogenous Volatile Organic Compound for Biomedical Analysis - Prof John Dean, Northumbria University

16:30 to 16:50 pm: Development of Oligonucleotide Impurity Methods within an AQbD Framework - Dr Chris Gripton, GSK

16:50 to 17:10 pm: Supplier talks

17:10 to 17:30 pm: Q&A session with speakers

DAY TWO: 20th May 2020

SESSION 4: Challenges in Small Molecule Analysis

Part I – Polar & Chiral Compounds

9:00 to 9:30 am: Keynote speaker – The Role of Chiral Screening in the Analysis of Small Molecules; Asymptotic Growth? - Prof John Lough, University of Sunderland

09:30 to 09:50 am: The Dark Art of Chiral SFC - Keira Bailey, Reach Separations

09:50 to 10:10 am: Porous Graphitic Carbon – A Unique Stationary Phase for Challenging Separations - Dr Luisa Pereira, Unilever

10:10 to 10:30 am: Q&A session with speakers

10:30 to 11:00 am: Tea break

SESSION 5: Challenges in Small Molecule Analysis Part II – Environmental Analysis

11:00 to 11:30 am: Keynote speaker – Scaling Up Environmental Analysis: Challenges and Opportunities - Dr Helena Rapp-Wright, Imperial College

11:30 to 11:50 am: Bringing Reliable Determination of Anionic Polar Pesticides in Food to the Routine Laboratory - Dr Simon Hird, Waters

11:50 to 12:10 pm: Supplier talks

12:10 to 12:30 pm: Q&A session with speakers

12:30 to 14:00 pm: Lunch and Exhibition

SESSION 6: The Future of Small Molecule Analysis

14:00 to 14:30 pm:Keynote Speaker – A World Without Chromatography - Prof Peter Myers, University of Liverpool

14:30 to 14:50 pm: New Developments in the Feld of Separation Science - Prof Tony Edge, Avantor

14:50 to 15:10 pm: TBC

15:10 to 15:30 pm: Q&A session with speakers


Lecturers and Exhibitors will be updated, and timings and abstracts added to the programme as they are received. For further information contact Stephne Graham at: or telephone +44 (0)1722 339811

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