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FBDD Conference 2014

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Fragment based drug discovery is now widely recognized as an effective, multi-disciplinary approach to identifying highly efficient chemical matter for small molecule discovery programs. The approval of Zelboraf® has further highlighted how fragments can enable a program for rapid advancement, when effectively prosecuted. The maturation of FBDD has also spawned an explosion in the development and implementation of a host of biophysical tools that are utilized for both screening and characterization. Furthermore, the availability of protein-ligand structural information has provided insight into molecular interactions that are now routinely exploited in fragment optimization. The 2014 fragment based drug discovery conference will focus on state-of-the-art implementation of FBDD at all stages of small molecule identification and optimization. The agenda will feature a number of talks that focus on using FBDD to prosecute a wide array of protein target classes, as well as the implementation of biophysical tools for project enablement. The 2014 FBDD conference will be held at the beautiful Grand Palladium Resort & Spa where ZING’s unique conference format enables a congenial atmosphere highly conducive to extensive discussion and networking.

“During your attendance at the FBDD Conference 2014, you will have the opportunity to interact with many of the premier thinkers and pace-setters in the fragment-based drug discovery field.  The tremendous diversity of topics ranging from fragment library design and screening technologies through to case studies, will ensure that you leave with an understanding of not only the current status of the area but also of the future directions.  This represents a truly fantastic opportunity to strengthen your knowledge of the area and to share your ideas and experiences in fragment-based methods with world leaders in the field of fragment-based drug discovery.”

Justin Bower & Steve Swann

Registered to attend FBDD 2014? Be sure to take a look at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page, for information on recommended vaccines and medicines when travelling to the Dominican Republic.  Your Doctor will also be able to provide information and advise on this.

Conference Sponsors


Conference Sponsors


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The Conference Chairs


Steve Swann
Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Justin Bower
Beatson Institute for Cancer Research


Talk Consideration Deadline: 9th May 2014           Poster Submission Deadline: 9th May 2014

For general abstract information or to download a copy of our abstract template please follow the links below.

Abstract Information Abstract Template Word Format Abstract Template .pdf Format

If you have already registered for this conference and now wish to submit your abstract or send a revised version, please use the link below

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The Venue

Grand Palladium Resort & Spa, Bavaro Hotel
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic



19th July 2014 – 22nd July 2014

The Dominican Republic is the second largest and most diverse Caribbean country, situated just two hours south of Miami, less than four hours from New York and eight hours from most European cities.

Located on the shore of Bávaro Beach, where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, the Grand Palladium Punta Bavaro Resort & Spa is part of one of the most important tourist complexes in Punta Cana. This idyllic setting boasts a fully self-contained modern conference centre alongside warm Caribbean sun, a one kilometer beach with fine white sand, transparent turquoise sea and lush tropical vegetation.

Known for their warm and hospitable people, the Dominican Republic is a destination like no other: featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich culture.

Transfers & Tours

Venue Details
Venue Rating*****
Nearest AirportPunta Cana
Transfers & Tours Click here


Hotel facilities and services include

  • 8 A la Carte restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines
  • 5 Buffet-Style Restaurants
  • 14 Bars around the Resort
  • 4 Pools
  • First-class Spa & Wellness Center
  • 24h reception
  • Currency exchange
Hotel facilities and services include

  • Laundry service
  • Access ramp to common areas and pool
  • Supermarket (with a selection of medicine)
  • Gift shop/souvenirs
  • Medical service
  • Casino
Room facilities include

  • Two double beds or one large double bed
  • Air conditioning and a ceiling fan
  • Electronic safe
  • Hydromassage bath in the room
  • Separate toilet and shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Magnifying vanity mirror
Deluxe room facilities include

  • Minibar refilled daily with water, soft drinks and beer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Satellite TV
  • Radio alarm clock with MP3 player
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Clothes dryer on terraces.

Plenary Speakers


Stephen Fesik
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Cancer Drug Discovery Using Fragment-Based Methods


Chao Zhang
Scaffold-based Design of Precision Medicine


Michael Shapiro
Fragment Based Drug Design- Back to the Future


Christopher Murray
Astex Pharmaceuticals
Recent experiences of FBDD at Astex


Jonathan Mason
Heptares Therapeutics
High End GPCR FBDD: Driving Hit Discovery to Candidate Design with Protein Structure, Including Water Network Energetics


Craig Johnstone
Computational enrichment of fragment-led lead finding


Roderick E Hubbard
The University of York
Fragmentology – Current Topics in Fragment-Based Discovery Methods

Invited Speakers

Andrew-Petros-150x150Andrew Petros
Attacking Apoptosis with Fragments
no-photo-long-e1442589051773Mark Sabat
Takeda Pharmaceutical
Fragment Based Lead Generation: A Rich Source for Designing Selective Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors
ben-davis-150x150Ben Davis
ORS by SPR enables F2L

jeffrey-albert-150x150Jeffrey Albert
Extending the range of fragment methodologies: Applications in the absence of crystallography.

erlanson-150x150Daniel Erlanson
Carmot Therapeutics
Fishing for Fragments to Complement Known Binders

John-Quinn-150x150John Quinn
Takeda Pharmaceutical
Novel developments in SPR supporting FBDD

zartler-150x150Edward Zartler
Quantum Tessera
Fragonomics: The –omics that will have real impact?

pelechio1Maurizio Pellecchia
Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute
NMR-guided fragment based lead discovery against protein-protein interactions

begleyDarren W Begley
Hit finding, characterization and development for infectious disease drug targets using fragments

Damian-YoungDamian Young
Baylor College of Medicine
Taking Fragments to the Third Dimension using Diversity-Oriented Synthesis

serrano-wuMichael Serrano-Wu
Broad Institute
A Full-Court Press to Tackle the “Undruggable” with Fragments

no-photo-long-e1442589051773Paul Sprengeler
eFFECTOR Therapeutics, Inc.

mark-zak-150x150Mark Zak
Fragment-Based Identification of Nicotinamide Phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) Inhibitors

mccarthy-150x150Diane Joseph-McCarthy
Fragment-Based Lead Discovery and Design: A Multipronged Approach

krimmIsabelle Krimm
University of Lyon
NMR applications in FBDD regarding fragment binding mode and framgent-induced protein conformational change

talamasFrancisco X. Talamas
Formerly of Hoffmann-La Roche
Design of novel fragments based on structural information

ScanlonMartin Scanlon
Monash University
Inhibition of oxidative protein folding as an approach to target bacterial virulence

Jamie-SimpsonJamie Simpson
Monash University
Fragment evolution through a modular, clickable fluoromethylketone covalent tag

Conference Programme

Conference Programme

A copy of the conference programme can be viewed using the above link.
Please note: This schedule will be updated as information is received and is liable to change. We strongly recommend periodically reviewing this document.

Conference Fees

Event Pass – No Accommodation
Optional Extra
Gala Dinner Attendance$45

Price includes conference registration and attendance, lunches and coffee breaks.
This option does not include evening meals or accommodation at the venue.
Conference Registration
StandardAccompanying AdultAccompanying ChildExtra Night Adult Extra Night Child
Registration DeadlineJun 30 2014Jun 30 2014Jun 30 2014Jun 30 2014Jun 30 2014

Delegate Fees: Include conference registration and attendance, accommodation, all meals and drinks on a specially negotiated all inclusive package and The Gala Night (including any accompanying persons).

Accompanying Persons Fees: Include the same specially negotiated all-inclusive package as delegates excluding conference attendance.

Accompanying Children: Persons aged 12 and above are regarded as adults by the hotel. Children under the age of 18 months can stay free of charge.

A maximum of 2 children can be accommodated per delegate room.

To ensure maximum safety at our conferences, registered attendee’s children under the age of 18 are not permitted in the conference room, poster room or exhibitors room at any time including during the conference hours and poster sessions.

Registered attendee’s children must be 18 or older to attend the Welcome Reception

The Gala Night is open to all children of registered attendees as long as the child is under the supervision of the parent(s) at all times. Children of attendees who are aged 12 – 17 may attend the Gala Reception if they purchase a reduced cost ticket. Registered attendees children 18 or older must purchase a full price Gala Reception ticket to attend. Please email info@zingconferences.com for information on prices or to book a ticket.

Extra Night Fees: Prices are per person per night for hotel accommodation outside the conference dates


Additional Information

Group Discounts: We offer group discounts to 2, 4 or 6 attendees from the same lab (based on sharing a twin room), please contact us for more information
Please Note: Your accommodation will not be reserved and conference registration is not confirmed until Zing Conferences Ltd have received full payment of all outstanding fees.


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