UKASF Conference

Almost everyone involved in the pharmaceutical sector within the UK is aware of the United Kingdom Automated Synthesis Forum (UKASF). It has been running now for over 16 years and this year was hosted by Sygnature Discovery at BioCity Nottingham and before we get into the detail, just a quick mention on what a good job they did and thanks for inviting us.

The aim of this meeting is to provide others with information on innovation, new technologies and best practice, of course without giving away every trade secret. This was Reach Separations Technical Director Phil Abbott’s 3rd UKASF and his 2nd time presenting. However it was the 1st for our new venture as Reach Separations. It was great to meet old faces who have gone far and wide in this changing industry and lots of new people to.

Now the conference consisted of four main topic areas, these were
• Synthesis: Updates on Reaction monitoring
• Advances in Flow Technology
• Moving Towards a Greener Future
• New Technologies

We spoke in the greener future session about optimising HPLC screening. It was nice to see other people showing an interest in this section to. The amount of questions and post talk conversations showed that it is of interest not only to the CRO world to save costs but also to large pharma to keep up with their environmental responsibilities.

All of the talks were excellent but from a personal point of view, a few that really stood out were ‘Pragmatic Use of Flow Chemistry’ by Daniel Hamza, Sygnature Discovery
‘Spin Chem latest developments’ by Emil Bystrom Nordic Chemquest and Julia Hatto Novartis

I think I speak for everyone when I say all the speakers were made to feel very welcome and the meeting itself had a nice relaxed feel, even though a lot of people and vendors are in direct competition with each other. From the first talk to the last and not forgetting the conference dinner (where a good selection of wine was consumed) a great two days was had by all.

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