World's largest scientific society to hold ProSpectives conference on process chemistry

November 29, 2004

The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, will hold its fourth annual ACS ProSpectives Conference on process chemistry Feb. 6-9 in Miami, Fla., at the Hyatt Regency Coral Cables.

Scientists at the conference will examine three key areas of process chemistry: practical aspects of drug development, leading technologies from academia and strategies for moving new chemical entities through the regulatory process.

Top academics will discuss new technology and methods for asymmetric synthesis, organometallic catalysis and automation; leading pharmaceutical industry chemists will highlight case studies that explain how using these methods contributed to successfully getting their novel compounds to market; and a senior FDA official will discuss the regulatory aspects of drug discovery. Short courses will be held on heterocyclic chemistry, catalysis and crystallization.

Chairs for the meeting are Margaret Faul, associate director of chemical process R&D at Amgen, and Joseph Armstrong, director of process research at Merck.

ACS ProSpectives is a series of small conferences targeting industry scientists who work along the interface of chemistry and at least one other scientific discipline such as biology, physics and engineering. Each conference examines a field's most consequential topics through presentations by its foremost researchers.

Attendance at the conferences is limited to 200 or fewer to best facilitate interaction among the participants. Conferences typically feature extended presentations from 15-25 of a field's leading researchers. The conferences are in addition to the Society's two national meetings and its eight to 10 regional meetings held every year.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization, chartered by the U.S. Congress, with a multidisciplinary membership of more than 159,000 chemists and chemical engineers. It publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

Further details about the conferences, including instructions on how to register and arrange lodging, are available at This site is updated regularly with the latest information about upcoming ACS ProSpectives conferences.
(EDITOR'S NOTE -- News media wishing to attend the conferences should contact Michael Bernstein at 202-872-6042 or at

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