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Richard Johnston (Eli Lilly and Company) and Eric Scriven
(Reilly Industries, Inc.) at the poster session.
Annual Florida Heterocyclic Conference was held
at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, USA,
from 10-12 March 2003. The conference was organized by Alan
Katritzky, Kenan Professor of Chemistry at the University
of Florida. Attendees included 168 industrial and academic
chemists, along with 40 student participants.
first day of the conference featured a short course on fundamentals
of heterocyclic chemistry. Instructors for the short course
were Katritzky and Dan Comins (North Carolina State University).
Lectures on subsequent days included a discussion of heterocyclic
chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry by Sverker von Unge
(AstraZeneca), Mike Butters (AstraZeneca), and Jeff Marcoux
(Merck). Catalytic reactions for the preparation of heterocycles
were presented by Siegfried Blechert (Technische Universität
Berlin), Robert Grubbs (Caltech), and Shu Kobayashi (University
of Tokyo). Preparation of a library of bleomycin analogues
was the topic of a lecture by Sidney Hecht (University of
Virginia). Reductions and anionic chemistry formed a common
thread for the talks by Subba Rao (Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore), Norbert De Kimpe (Ghent University), and Miguel
Yus (Universidad de Alicante). Other lectures were presented
by Jan Bake (Norwegian University of Truncheon) on nitro pyridines
and Gordon Gribble (Dartmouth College) on indoles. During
breaks, 42 posters from industry and academia were available
from the conference are being used to support ARKIVOC (Archive
for Organic Chemistry), a free peer-reviewed online journal
covering all aspects of organic chemistry. The journal is
available at <www.arkat-usa.org>.
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