IAPC-3 Meeting

3rd World Conference on Physico-Chemical Methods in Drug Discovery and Development
September 22 - 26, 2013, Dubrovnik, Croatia


Discovery of new biologically active chemical entities, their promotion into clinical candidates and drug molecules, as well as design of efficient drug formulations and their improvement are long-term tasks requiring a multi-disciplinary approach. Throughout the research process scientists are faced with challenges where important decisions have to be made and crucial actions have to be taken in order to keep pace with ever-increasing demands from the pharmaceutical market and pharmaceutical management.

Efficient pharmaceutical research heavily relies on sophisticated, accurate and high-throughput analytical instrumentation. Vast armada of various commercially available analytical instruments on the competitive global market enables fast and accurate measurements of specific parameters facilitating identification and selection of drug candidates. However, operation of these instrumental techniques as well as the correct and accurate interpretation of the results require sound knowledge of both analytical and physical chemistry but also on open and active communication between scientists of various backgrounds.

The aim of this conference is to provide an opportunity for the world scientific community closely related to pharmaceutical research, to come together and in warm and stimulating atmosphere present their original work and share experiences and problems. More specifically, the aim of the Conference is to address the most advanced directions and new achievements in physical chemistry methods which underlie almost all instrumental techniques used in the research processes in drug discovery and pharmaceutical development.

A diverse, well-balanced scientific program is planned. The participants are encouraged to submit their abstracts either for oral presentation or poster exhibition. Plenary lectures will be delivered by prominent and highly respected professionals selected for their past credentials and their distinctive vision of the future.
This year the Conference is accompanied by a satellite summer school:
Thursday, September 26: 3-PCMDDD & COST Action TD 1002 joint session: 
Applications of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) in Drug Discovery and Development
Sunday, September 22: Course 1
QSAR analysis - principles, methods and applications
Stefan Dove, University of Regensburg, Germany
Sunday, September 22: Course 3
ABC of Modelling Transporter Data - Principles and Practical Know How
Sibylle Neuhoff, Simcyp Ltd, UK

The symposium was held in Imporatanne Hotel Dubrovnik.