Industry News: ELRIG Drug Discovery 2011: Another Successful Year for Organisers

22 Sep 2011

A former rail station played host to the most recent and very successful 5th ELRIG Drug Discovery show, on 7 & 8th September 2011. The feeling inside the show was of excitement and interest, with some 1,125 delegates enjoying the hospitality of ELRIG organisers. With excellent keynote speakers, and closing debate, delegates felt challenged, informed and enthused.

This year saw a record number of exhibitors, 1,125 delegates and 112 posters. Sessions were full of variety and well attended with standing room only in some presentations. The keynote speaker Jamie Thomson from Wisconsin University gave an excellent Keynote presentation which was extremely well attended and very thought provoking. The subject header, ‘Current State of Induced Pluripotent Stem cells as compared to Embryonic Stem cells and their role in creating terminal tissue models’ was very topical with some innovative and cutting edge results presented for the first time. 

The closing debate between Chris Lipinski and Kevin Johnson saw the scientists debate ‘The future of Drug Discovery: Small Molecules and Biopharmaceuticals’. The auditorium was full and the Question and Answer session that followed was interactive and motivating. Meanwhile business was booming in the exhibition hall with a record level of interest in vendors, a number of whom commented that ELRIG has become a key meeting to attend in the Drug Discovery calendar.

The SelectScience editorial team was very busy over the two days interviewing selected exhibitors and scientists. Visit the to learn about the new technologies on show, watch poster presentations and hear from Steve Rees. ELRIG Drug Discovery was also the perfect meeting at which to present the SelectScience Scientists' Choice Award for the Drug Discovery Product of the Year. The award was presented to GE Healthcare for the IN Cell Analyzer 6000.

Prizes are also awarded by ELRIG and this year the winners were as follows:

Technology Prize - WINNER Tecan, voted for by the delegates for their new HP D300 Digital Dispenser.

SLAS Young Scientist Poster Prize - WINNER Lauren Drowley of AZ. She will receive free passage to the SLAS show in San Diego, February 2012 to present her poster.

Feedback Survey Prize - WINNER Helen Plant of AstraZeneca. Helen's prize was a ‘Kindle WiFi eBook Reader’

The next ELRIG show is ‘Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine’ being held at Hinxton Hall, Cambridge on 8th November. This is set to be another fantastic show. Register for free at