Organic Process Research and Development

The Leading Process Chemistry Conference!

Date: 22 September - 24 September 2021

Time: 2.00pm (UK - BST); 3.00pm (Central Europe); 9.00 am (EDT); 6.00 am (PDT) each day - 5.30pm

Location: Online Platform

Live Event

While there was great optimism surrounding vaccines for COVID-19 and renewed hope for 2021, the emerging variant strains, slower pace of the vaccine rollout and continued company travel bans have made it clear that we will not be able to bring you our OPRD Conference Face-to-Face in Basel this year, but we will still carry on and present the conference to you Online.

Although we will very much miss seeing you in Basel, we are continuing to improve the whole delegate online experience so watch this space for exciting developments!

More about the conference……


The efficient conversion of a chemical process into a process for manufacture on tonnage scale has always been of importance in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. However, in the current economic and regulatory climate, it has become increasingly vital and challenging to do so efficiently.

At Organic Process Research & Development Conference, you will hear detailed presentations and case studies from top international chemists. Our hand-picked programme of speakers has been put together specifically for an industrial audience. They will discuss the latest issues relating to synthetic route design, development and optimisation in the pharmaceutical, fine chemical and allied fields.

Unlike other conferences, practically all our speakers are experts from industry, which means the ideas and information you take home will be directly applicable to your own work.

Our virtual conference program will be held over three consecutive days with 2 sessions and up to 4 speakers on each day. After you have registered you will be provided with a personal link to join all conference sessions.

Via an online platform, there will be the chance to listen to the talks, view the speakers slides and ask questions after each session. The Virtual conference will be held during the following times (based on UK timing) as we hope this will allow most people to join from around the world.  This event will NOT BE RECORDED – we apologise to customers in Asia or Australia who might be unable to join.

Wednesday September 22nd |  2.00 – 5.40 pm (UK)
Thursday September 23rd | 2.00 – 5.45 pm (UK)
Friday September 24th | 2.00 – 5.45 pm (UK)

There will be a VIRTUAL Exhibition too so you will be able to have access to suppliers of  equipment, technology and services and request 1-2-1 meetings. Via an online platform, you will also have the opportunity to meet and network with some of our sponsors, who will be hosting specific topics in Hosted Discussion Groups – provisional details  are below.

Please contact us if you are interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring this event:  [email protected]

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We still have other sponsorship opportunities available at the conference, your company logo with link to your website would appear here and for premium sponsorship such as networking and reception, adjacent to the conference pages as well.

See our sponsorship section on the advantages that sponsorship can bring to your business.



  • Process Research & Development Chemists
  • Chemical Engineers in Industry
  • Heads of Departments & Team Leaders


  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD ) keeps you up to date on current and emerging developments.
  • Learn from a wide range of industrial case studies given by hand-picked industrial speakers.
  • Take home relevant ideas and information that are directly applicable to your own work
  • Save time. Our intensive, commercial-free programme means less time away from work.
  • Network with the key people in the industry in dedicated break out rooms

Hosted Discussion Sessions

Via an Online platform, you will be able to choose from a selection of Hosted Discussion Sessions on industry related topics. These sessions will be provided by key stakeholders within the industry. Our hosts will provide product demonstrations, virtual lab tours, industry updates and panel discussions.

Wednesday, September 22nd – 5.00pm UK Time

1: Achieving chirality in commercial pharmaceutical production. Overview of various scalable technologies | SK Pharmteco

2; Flow Chemistry and Enzymatic Transformations: R&D, Scale Up, and Commercial Manufacturing at KANEKA | Kaneka

Thursday, September 23rd – 1.00pm UK Time

3: 1,2,3-Triazoles: Scale up challenges, Process Development and Manufacture | Bellen

4: Deep Dive Discussion: Key Trends in Industrial Catalysis – Effective Catalyst Optimization Recognizing Technology Portfolios and Total Cost Assessment in Cross Coupling Catalysis | Umicore

Thursday, September 23rd – 5.00pm UK Time

5: Kinetics Workshop: Process Understanding from Experimental Data | Scale Up Systems

6: Optimising Scavenging Processes for more Sustainable and Cost Effective Chemical Processes | PhosphonicS

7: The Impact of Technology in Drug Development and Manufacturing | PharmaBlock


Thank you to our 5 Star Sponsors:


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Thank you to our 3 Star Sponsors:








OPRD Online Conference - Leeds University

The OPRD has become one of my favourite conferences, and the virtual version this year has been great. Congratulations to Scientific Update for their great work!

OPRD Online Conference

Scientific Update, as usual……THE BEST!!!!!


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