14th International Conference on the Chemistry of Antibiotics and other Bioactive Compounds, 13-16 October 2015, Texas, USA

Chairman’s Welcome Letter

Welcome to the 14th International Conference on the Chemistry of Antibiotics and other Bioactive Compounds, which will be held on October 13-16, 2015 at the San Luis Resort on Galveston Island, Texas. This conference originated in Aussois, France where ICCA-1 was held in 1988.  Subsequent conferences have been held biennially in venues located in Europe, Japan and the United States. The conference has a rich history of having hosted thousands of attendees and presenters from both academia and industry and providing an environment wherein this interdisciplinary group has interacted and established relationships that foster advances in the discovery, synthesis, and development of new bioactive compounds.

The driving force behind the organization of the ICCA meetings has been the continued need for a conference that focuses on bioactive substances derived from microogranisms and other natural sources. At the time of ICCA-1, research in these areas was quite vigorous in both academic and industrial laboratories. In the decades following ICCA-1 the focus in industry began to shift away from naturally derived drug leads and many companies did away with their natural product groups. Although library based approaches, rational drug design efforts, and biologics have to some extent filled the void created by this shift in focus, the shrinking number of unique lead compounds serves to illustrate the critical impact that studies in the area of bioactive natural products can have on the development of new medicines. This realization is leading to a resurgence of interest in the chemistry of naturally derived antibiotics and other bioactive substances and although the focus of ICCA has not waned since its inception, the relevance it will hold toward future efforts in medicinal chemistry is perhaps greater now than ever before.

The forthcoming ICCA, which will be held on October 13-16, 2015 at the San Luis Resort on Galveston Island, Texas will keep with past traditions by maintaining an interdisciplinary program that will highlight research efforts in natural products isolation, structural determination, synthesis and biological evaluation. In addition, ICCA will feature new research directions and methods for drug development that have developed as a result of studying natural products and their modes of biological action. An overarching goal of the conference is to provide an environment that will serve to promote collaboration among scientists doing cutting edge research in both industry and academia.

In view of the interdisciplinary nature of this conference and the beautiful location, just one hour south of Houston’s international airport, it is expected that many foreign and domestic scientists from industry, academia, and government will participate. Past conferences have typically hosted three to four hundred attendees and given the proximity of Houston’s vast Health Sciences Complex and numerous premier Universities, we anticipate a similarly vibrant ICCA 2015.

I look forward to seeing you at ICCA 2015.

John L. WoodJohn L. Wood
Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor and
Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas Scholar
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Baylor University

Organised by

Elsevier

Exhibitors

Advion
Elsevier

Supporting Journal

Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters