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iDMT Learning Lab:
Digitalising Chemistry

Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK
29-30 March 2023

The Innovation Centre in Digital Molecular Technologies (iDMT) is hosting an in-person interactive workshop in March 2023 for companies in molecular sciences and manufacturing with an interest in digitalisation.


Workshop Overview 

iDMT invites small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to a Learning Lab Workshop for Digitalising Chemistry. Throughout the two-days we will have interactive sessions, hear from members of academia, industry and other SMEs and discuss the emerging opportunities within digital molecular technology and their practical implementation. This will be an opportunity for collaborative learning based on real-life experiences, and networking with potential collaborators and end users.


Workshop Aim

iDMT Learning Lab aims to engage with SMEs who are at any stage in their digitalisation journey to explore the many facets of the digital molecular technology landscape. The two-day session provides an opportunity for SME staff to learn from leading innovators driving development. The event will incorporate:

  • Group-based sessions, facilitating conversations with other companies at varying stages of digital discovery and implementation,

  • Directed discussion to allow opportunities to discuss your product or service ideas, or to develop new ideas and gain valuable insight into risk mitigation,

  • Laboratory-based demonstrations, to see the implementation of lab-of-the-future solutions,

  • Seminars from leading innovators on key areas in the digital sphere, and

  • Informal networking opportunities, with fellow-SMEs, University of Cambridge academics, and leading members of the UK’s national landscape in the topics of digital, medical and manufacturing.


Workshop Programme

​​Wednesday 29th March

10:00 Registration / Coffee

10:30 Opening and introduction to digital molecular technology

10:45 Technical Topic 1: Chemical Syntheses, Formulations and Materials Optimisation using Automated Equipment and Machine Learning (led by iDMT Director, Prof. Alexei Lapkin)

11:30 Digital Maturity Level Review (led by Dr Ben Slater, University of Liverpool)

12:30 Parallel Sessions:

          (Stream A) iDMT Lab tours and demonstrations

          (Stream B) Personalised discussions with iDMT team and networking

13:30 Lunch
14:30 Technical Topic 2: AI/ML in Chemical Development (Presenter: Dr Marwin Segler, Microsoft Research)

15:30 Technical Topic 3: Data Management and Knowledge Graphs (Presenter: Jiaru Bai, CMCL Innovations)

16:00 Break

16:30 SME Panel Discussion with Dr Aurelia Li (Immaterial Ltd.), Dr Dave Parry (DeepMatter Ltd.) and Dr Patrice Ribiere (Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd.) (Moderator: Dr Connor Taylor)

17:30 Dinner and Networking

Thursday 30th March

09:30 Technical Topic 4: Automation in Pharmaceuticals/Chemicals R&D (led by Dr Nicholas Jose, Accelerated Materials Ltd.)

10:30 Technical Topic 5: Digital Twins in Chemicals R&D and Manufacture (Presenter: Prof. Alexei Lapkin)

11:00 Parallel Sessions:

          (Stream A) Personalised discussions with iDMT team and networking

          (Stream B) iDMT Lab tours and demonstrations

12:00 Industry Panel Discussion with Dr Rachel Grainger (Astex), Dr Mikhail Kabeshov (AstraZeneca) and Dr Abhinav Kumar Reaxys) (Moderator: Prof. Alexei Lapkin)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Technical Topic 6: Robotics and High-Throughput Labs of the Future (led by iDMT co-Director, Prof. Matthew Gaunt)

15:00 Break

15:30 Technical Topic 7: Valorisation of Data (Presenter: Dr Timur Madzhidov, Elsevier)

16:30 Meeting conclusions: Reflections, Opportunities, Scheduling follow-ups

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Alexei Lapkin

iDMT Director

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Marwin Segler

Microsoft Research


Timur Madzhidov


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Matthew Gaunt

iDMT Co-Director


Lunches and refreshments will be provided on both days of the event. There will also be a networking dinner on Wednesday evening.

This event will take place at the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry. Directions to the department can be found here. Parking is severely limited and we therefore suggest the Queen Ann Terrace Car Park which is a multi-storey car park a short walk away.

If you have any access or dietary requirements please inform the event organisers during the registration follow-up.

​Other ways to participate 

Whilst the majority of this two-day event will be most beneficial to SMEs, we welcome greater participation in the three seminars planned on the topics of Data, Automation, and AI.


We also invite any interested SME to contact our team to discuss specific project collaboration activities at any time.


How to participate

Please register your interest in attending the iDMT Learning Lab through Eventbrite. It is important to us that this event is an invaluable learning opportunity, which is why we plan to make the session as interactive as possible. To discuss the issues that are of most importance to the participants, we would be pleased to receive questions in advance via our registration form.


This two-day event is free to attend for SMEs based in England. We ask that you please commit to attending both days of the workshop. For any questions about eligibility please contact the iDMT team.


Individuals and organisations who are not part of an SME can also register their interest, and may be invited to attend the seminars.

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