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Exploring Chemical Space: How we design new drugs and materials

The event will be held upstairs, unfortunately there is no step-free access.
Past event - 2022
11 May Doors 7pm
Event 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Hoop and Toy, 34 Thurloe Place,
London SW7 2HQ
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Have you ever wondered what goes into designing potential medicines or materials? Join us as we look into the processes involved in creating new medicines and how artificial intelligence is aiding us in the search for new materials!

Discovering new medicines – it’s not rocket science

Dr Benjamin Bellenie (Senior staff scientist at the Institute of Cancer Research)
How can eating a tiny tablet get rid of your headache – or stop a complex disease like cancer? Well, finding new medicines is not rocket science. In some ways it’s much harder! More than nine out of ten experimental medicines fail to become approved drugs. So how are drugs designed… and why do they usually fail? By following a recent drug discovery project from first idea to possible medicine, we will explore these questions, and highlight a new approach which could enable the complete removal of cancer-causing proteins from tumours.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Discover New Materials

Anabel Basford (PhD student at Imperial College London)
Steven Bennett (PhD student at Imperial College)
Porous materials play a key role in modern society, from separating mixtures of molecules, carbon capture to fight climate change, or targeted drug delivery. There are almost infinite combinations of chemicals that can form a new material, which can take years to create and still end up not useful. AI has the power to accelerate discovery of these new materials, using computers to predict their properties before creating them in the lab. We will talk about how AI can help predict alternatives to conventional materials, including how it led to the discovery of a new one: porous organic cages.

Other Hoop and Toy events

2022-05-10 Scanning the rainbow of life: from atoms to galaxies Hoop and Toy 34 Thurloe Place, London, SW7 2HQ, United Kingdom
2022-05-09 Physics in the final frontier Hoop and Toy 34 Thurloe Place, London, SW7 2HQ, United Kingdom
09 May
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Physics in the final frontier

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