Past Symposia

CBC Tech Day

“Small Molecule Discovery in Academia”

Monday, July 9, 2012
TIME: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Prentice Women’s Hospital
Conference Center, 3rd floor
250 East Superior Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611

CBC invites all to attend CBC Technology Day. The main goal of Tech Day is to provide the CBC community with ‘soup to nuts’ information about the steps involved in Small Molecule Discovery in Academia. The following topics will be discussed: Libraries and High Throughput Screening Facilities; Screening Assay Development; Optimizing Hits: MedChem, Computational and Structural Approaches. The meeting will also include Success Stories, discussion about building a Chicago Pipeline and a poster session. The event is free of charge and is open to all researchers from UChicago, UIC and NU but pre-registration is required.

Online registration and abstract submission are now closed.

With questions regarding on-site registration please contact the CBC Associate Director, Karen Snapp at:

To download the CBC Tech Day 2012 announcement (pdf) click here.

To download the CBC Tech Day program (pdf) click here.

NEW: Panel Discussion handouts are now available to download from the program below.


10:30-11:00 AM Registration and Poster Set-up
11:00-11:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Small Molecule Discovery: From Concept to Practice
Rick Morimoto (NU CBC Scientific Director)
11:15-11:30 AM Selective Voltage-Gated Calcium Channel (CaV1.3) Antagonists for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Rick Silverman (NU)
11:30-11:45 AM Novel Enoyl Reductase (FabI) Inhibitors as Potential Antibiotics
Michael Johnson (UIC)
11:45-12:00 PM Discussion
12:00-1:30 PM Lunch and Poster Viewing
1:30-2:00 PM High Throughput Screening Facilities
Moderator: Eric Weiss (NU) Panel Members: Sam Bettis (UChicago), Chi-Hao Luan (NU), Kiira Ratia (UIC)
(Download Chicago HTS Handout)
2:00-2:30 PM Screening Assay Development: How to avoid pitfalls
Moderator: Shohei Koide (UChicago CBC Scientific Director) Panel Members: Siquan Chen (UChicago), Sara Fernandez Dunne (NU), Shahila Mehboob (UIC)
(Download Screening Assay Development Handout)
2:30-3:00 PM Available Libraries: What’s special and how to choose
Moderator: Geoffrey Greene (UChicago) Panel Members: Sergey Kozmin (UChicago), Brian Murphy (UIC), Karl Scheidt (NU)
(Download Available Libraries Handout)
3:00-3:30 PM Coffee Break
3:30-4:30 PM Optimizing Hits: MedChem, Computational and Structural Approaches
Moderator: Brian Kay (UIC CBC Scientific Director) Panel members: Wayne Anderson (NU), Sergey Kozmin (UChicago), Jie Liang (UIC), Pavel Petukhov (UIC), Karl Scheidt (NU), Greg Thatcher (UIC)
(Download Optimizing Hits Handout)
4:30-5:00 PM Creating the Chicago Pipeline
Moderator: Andrew Mazar (NU, Entrepreneur-in-residence)
Panel members: Joe Barrett (Senior Director, Corporate Technology Development, Baxter), Kevin Haug (Director, New Frontier Science, Takeda), Steve Kuemmerle (Head, Venture Investments, Abbott)
(Download Creating the Chicago Pipeline Handout)
5:00-6:00 PM Reception and Poster Viewing

Discounted parking will be available to Tech Day attendees in C-Lot which is located directly south of Prentice Women’s Hospital. C-Lot can be entered from either East Superior (a one way running east) or from East Huron (a one way running west). The entrances to C-Lot are 222 East Superior and 222 East Huron. Please request a parking voucher at the Tech Day registration desk located in the 3rd floor conference center of Prentice Women’s Hospital. Additional parking information can be found here.
Map of Prentice location and parking lot C.

Come and join the CBC in this event!


▸ Tech Day 2012 Recap
▸ Small Molecule Discovery Resources