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Belfast chemistry conference 'heralds region as centre of excellence'

Professor Tom Moody, technology development and commercialisation vice-president at Almac Group
Professor Tom Moody, technology development and commercialisation vice-president at Almac Group Professor Tom Moody, technology development and commercialisation vice-president at Almac Group

MORE than 100 process chemistry experts and academics are due in Belfast this week for a three-day international conference being held at W5 in Titanic Quarter.

And the fact the Nordic Irish Process Chemistry Forum 2023, supported by Almac Group, is coming here for the first time is seen as international acknowledgement of Northern Ireland as a leader in the science field.

The event is centred around process chemistry, a key building block in sustainable drug development.

Presentations will showcase how advanced technologies will further aid in promoting green and renewable chemistry.

Professor Tom Moody, technology development and commercialisation vice-president at Almac, says: “The decision to host the ninth Nordic Irish Process Chemistry Forum in Belfast is based on the fact that we have built an enviable reputation among our peers across the world as a leading chemistry community.

“This is the first time the conference has been held outside the Nordic sphere and the roll call of speakers is stellar.”

Top scientists from broader process chemistry and process research and development are among the world class speakers participating in the conference from Tuesday to Thursday.

They include Professor Oliver Kappe, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Graz in Austria; Professor Anthony Burke from the Faculty of Pharmacy in Coimbra, Portugal; and Professor Dr Andreas Liese from the Institute of Technical Biocatalysis in the University of Technology Hamburg, Germany.