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VIII Spanish Drug Discovery Network Meeting 2016


4 November 2016
Gaiás, Cidade da Cultura
Monte Gaiás, s/n, 15707
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

This international conference continues to be the ideal forum for drug discovery and chemical biology professionals to discuss the frontline of chemical biology, drug discovery and translational medicine research.

This year, the programme will focus on the use of more predictive model systems throughout the discovery process, from early primary screening and moving towards preclinical and clinical studies including:

  • The establishment and validation of advanced phenotypic model systems such as organoids
  • The intelligent choice of small molecule screening libraries to facilitate identification of important mechanisms in these systems
  • The latest methodologies for mechanism studies and target identification downstream of phenotypic screening
  • The progress towards more predictive animal models both from an efficacy and safety perspective

Who should attend? The conference will gather scientists and managers from industry and academia interested in the field of drug discovery and chemical biology. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to interact with vendors of services, reagents and instruments targeting this field of research and development.

Why attend?

  • Interact and learn from people interested in chemical biology and drug discovery and their progress towards more complex and predictive model systems early on in the discovery process.
  • Get a focused view on the entire process and the use of complex and predictive models and the efforts required to profit from these.
  • Meet senior experts in the field and understand the paths they have taken.



The programme will cover a broad range of technologies applied in phenotypic screening and learning experiences from the establishment and use of primary cells and organoids in the screening cascades.
During the meeting the discussion will evolve from isolated primary cells towards more advanced and predictive animal models.

View the VIII Spanish Drug Discovery Network Meeting schedule & directory.

View the VIII Spanish Drug Discovery Network Meeting schedule & directory.

Scientific Committee


  • Professor Mabel Loza Garcia, Associate Professor, University of Santiago de Compostela
  • Thomas Lundbäck, Ph.D, Senior Scientist, Karolinska Institute
  • Eduardo Dominguez Medina, Ph.D, BioFarma-USEF Research Group, University of Santiago de Compostela
  • Ivan Cornella Taracido, Ph.D, Director Chemical Biology, Merck Research Laboratories
  • Jesus Ezquerra, Ph.D, Research Fellow & Alcobendas Site Head, Discovery Chemistry Research and Technologies
  • Jose Miguel Vela, Drug Discovery & Preclinical Development, Esteve
  • Kilian Huber, Principal Investigator and Chemical Biology Group Leader, SGC (Structural Genomics Consortium), University of Oxford


“I visited the joint SDDN and SLAS meeting last year and met a warm, generous, and sharing environment of interested and curious researchers. It is my great pleasure to take part in the organization of this year’s event and I am looking forward to a very exciting program that is close to my own field of research. I encourage everyone interested in the use of primary cells and organoids to come visit us and bring all questions they have so we can discuss them openly and learn from each other.”

Thomas Lundbäck, Ph.D
Senior Scientist, Karolinska Institute

“It is my great pleasure to host joint SDDN and SLAS conference this year. We are looking forward to meet everybody from our growing drug discovery community. We will ensure to bring together Key Opinion Leaders in cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, and clinical studies, thereby facilitating knowledge exchange and interactions leading to elucidation of better approaches to open innovation era in drug discovery.”

Professor Mabel Loza Garcia
Associate Professor, University of Santiago de Compostela

Call for Poster Abstracts

Deadline Friday, 14 October

Are you involved in an interesting project or in an area of work that you would like to discuss with or show to other conference attendees? Why not present your work in the SDDN16 Poster Sessions?

How to submit a poster abstract
Posters can only be submitted via the official SLAS Poster Submission Template and returned to the SLAS Europe Office at before the poster submission deadline Friday, 14 October.

Please kindly note, that poster abstracts that are not submitted on the SLAS Poster Submission Template will not be accepted.

Download the SLAS poster submission template

Posters will be presented during the Poster Viewing Tour and evaluated by the independent scientific committee onsite, where the winner will be selected and awarded. If the poster meets sufficient quality requirements, the winner will get the chance to present at SLAS2017 in Washington, DC.

Please review the submission guidelines before submitting your abstract. We look forward to receiving your contribution!


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  • Poster Award: Best Poster / Best Student Poster (2 max) — €500 each
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About Santiago de Compostela

The Conference will provide the perfect opportunity to explore Santiago de Compostela, declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO, thanks to its monumental beauty, extraordinary conservation and as the final destination of a thousand-year-old pilgrim route: the Way of St. James.

The city is alive with cultural expressions – annual music, cinema and theatre festivals, permanent and travelling exhibitions, traditional festivals and world-class cuisine.

For more information please visit



Tryp Santiago Hotel

Restollal 24, 15702 - Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Single Room € 76
Double Room € 86

To book please contact Pablo Cabana at

Prices per room, breakfast and VAT included.

Hotel Hesperia Peregrino 4

Av. Rosalía de Castro s/n, 15706 - Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Single Room € 55.50
Double Room € 67

To book please contact Pablo Cabana at

Prices per room, breakfast and VAT included.


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