Medicinal Chemistry – The Past, The Present and The Future

DRA lecture held by Associate Professor Jonas Boström, principal scientist, AstraZeneca, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Drug design has changed significantly over past decades influenced by new scientific discoveries, socio-economic factors and trends. The advent of new cool technological methods and the increased use of automation have also played a large part in this development. Computer programs with clever algorithms can help shorten the process from idea to medicine, by making the process easier and faster with the hope of better end results – effective and safe drugs. Many of today's medicinal chemists embrace this mindset and use computers as their main tool in every day work. Right now artificial intelligence (AI) is in vogue, and we at AstraZeneca are investigating how to best use it. In this talk, I will discuss how medicinal chemistry – chemical synthesis and molecular design – has changed over the years, including presenting a new de novo design (AI) method showcasing real-life project examples.

The lecture is organised on behalf of the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy, by Professor Bente Frølund, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The DRA lecture is free of charge and open for attendance by all interested parties. It is not necessary to pre-register.