Lessons Learned: Things We Learned Along the Way

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM Social Hour, Light Meal
6:30 PM Panel Presentation Followed by Discussion

Place: California State University San Marcos, Markstein Hall 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, CA 92096 Map

RSVP: By September 10, 2019 https://sdacslessonslearned.eventbrite.com


Graeme Freestone is a Principal Scientist in the Medicinal Chemistry Department at Ionis Pharmaceuticals, where his research is focused on improving the therapeutic profile of antisense oligonucleotides. His previous research experience was at Metabasis Therapeutics, Helicon Therapeutics, and Dart Neuroscience, working in various therapeutic areas including cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurological. He earned his MChem from the University of Manchester, Ph.D. from University of Oxford, and undertook a postdoctoral position at The Scripps Research Institute with K.C. Nicolaou. He is active in the San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society, serving in various roles over the years including Member-at-Large, Treasurer, and Chair of the Section.

Mark Tichenor is a medicinal chemist at Janssen Research & Development with 12 years of experience in drug discovery, working in the Pain and Immunology therapeutic areas. He earned his BS at UC San Diego and his PhD at The Scripps Research Institute in the laboratory of Professor Dale Boger. Mark served as the Chair of the San Diego Section of the ACS in 2014, and is currently a member of the organizing committee for the annual ACS/UCSD Medicinal Chemistry Symposium.

Ben Pratt received his BA in chemistry from Dartmouth College. After 3 years as a Research Associate at Rhodia ChiRex in
the department of Process Research and Development, he began his Ph.D. with Professor K.C. Nicolaou at The Scripps Research Institute on the synthesis of complex natural products. Since 2008, Ben has been a medicinal chemist at San Diego biotechnology companies focused on the therapeutic areas of cancer at Ambit Biosciences, metabolic disease at Exelixis, cognitive enhancement at Dart NeuroScience, and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis at Akarna Therapeutics/Allergan, and is currently a consultant for small molecule drug discovery and development. Ben co-founded the Academics-2-Industry lecture series that serves as a primer course for aspiring medicinal chemists.


Three research chemists will discuss the critical decisions they faced during their undergraduate and graduate training and in their careers. They will address the challenges they faced, the factors that influenced their decisions, and the resulting impact of those choices. Ample time will be given for attendees to explore areas such as career options, skills now in demand, planning for graduate school, and ways for increasing employability. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the information you need to know to make thoughtful career decisions.

ACS National Meeting & Expo – Chemistry & Water

Giving scientific professionals a platform to present, publish, discuss, and exhibit research discoveries and technologies in chemistry and its related disciplines. The meeting will provide networking opportunities, and career development and placement. The Exposition will give attendees the chance to meet more than 250 exhibitors, many of whom are showcasing new technological developments. A number of exhibitors also offer free workshops during the meeting so attendees can learn more about these state-of-the-art technologies.

Date: August 25-29, 2019
Location: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


ACS Kids Zone – A Hands-On Science Event

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 11 AM – 2 PM
Location: Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

The next ACS Kids Zone event will take place on Saturday, August 24 at the Fleet Science Center during the Fall 2019 National Meeting & Expo. Attendees will conduct various hands-on activities facilitated by ACS members and students and can practice being Science Storytellers with Chemical & Engineering News.

Attendees will learn about the ACS National Meeting & Expo theme of “chemistry and water,” celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, and receive giveaway bags with periodic table posters and other educational merchandise. Admission to the center is required to attend the event. Discounted admission is offered to attendees of the event.

For tickets and more information click here



ACS Outreach Event Volunteers

This form is currently open to members of CCA, the San Diego Local Section, and student chapters in the San Diego area. Should there be additional space, registration will open to all ACS members.

Location: Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019

Volunteer Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Setup at 10:00 a.m.
Event begins at 11:00 a.m.
Rotating lunch at 12:00 p.m.
Event ends at 2 p.m.
Cleanup ends by 3 p.m.

223rd 2YC3 Conference – San Diego Miramar College

223rd 2YC3 Conference
“Celebrate Partnerships and Innovation”

DATE: August 23-24, 2019

WHERE: San Diego Miramar College

San Diego Miramar College is excited to host the 223rd2YC3Conference (https://2yc3miramar2019.org/) in August 2019. Do you have a unique way that you partner with your students, other faculty, universities, businesses, surrounding community, etc.,to achieve student success? Are you using innovative approaches inside and/or outside of the classroom? We want you to come and share about what you are doing! Our hope is that these two days will be a celebration of the good work that is happening across a variety of two-year schools and highlight the amazing work happening in Chemistry Education. Through these connections, we also anticipate new partnerships being formed and innovative techniques being adopted into classrooms. Come celebrate, innovate, and collaborate! Please contact Gary Smith (glsmith@sdccd.edu) if you would like more information.




DATE: Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

TIME: 9:30 AM

WHERE: Bristol Farms Cafe, Costa Verde Shopping Center
Genesee Avenue and Nobel Drive, University City



Fifty-, Sixty- and Seventy-Year Member Recognition Luncheon

We are celebrating the 50-, 60-, and 70- year members of the San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society with a lunch at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse restaurant!

DATE: July 11th, 2019

11:00 AM Social gathering
12:00 PM Lunch – sumptuous buffet of meat and meatless dishes
12:45 PM Introduction of 50-, 60-, 70-year members

WHERE: Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Restaurant, 2150 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego

RSVP: https://2019sdacsluncheon.eventbrite.com


Organized by Dr. Ben Pratt, Dr. Mark Tichenor, Dr. David Wallace – San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society Dr. Emmanuel Theodorakis – UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

DATE: Friday, July 19, 2019

WHERE: Hojel Hall, Institute of the Americas, UC San Diego


8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast 
9:00 AM Opening Remarks: Emmanuel Theodorakis
9:05 AM Dr. Carlo Ballatore, University of California San Diego “Microtubule Stabilizing Small Molecules as Candidate Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Tauopathies”
9:50 AM Dr. Punit Seth, Ionis Pharmaceuticals “Targeted Delivery of Nucleic Acid Therapeutics”
10:35 AM Coffee Break
10:50 AM Dr. Scott Rychnovsy, University of California Irvine “Synthetic Approaches to Alkaloids and Terpenes”
11:35 AM Dr. Matt Marx, Mirati Therapeutics “The Discovery of MRTX1257, a Selective, Irreversible Inhibitor of KRAS G12C with Oral Antitumor Activity”
12:20 PM Lunch
1:20 PM Dr. Jeff Gustafson, San Diego State University “New Selectivity Filters to Obtain Selective Inhibitors of RET and Osimertinib Resistant EGFR Mutants”
2:05 PM Dr. Valentina Molteni, The Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation “Non-steroidal FXR Agonists – Tropifexor and Nidufexor for Chronic Liver Disease”
2:50 PM Symposium Conclusion

To register please visit: http://chemistry.ucsd.edu/go/medchem follow the link to the registration page.
Register online by Friday, July 12, and food will be provided.

Family Picnic 2019 – Free Food & Fun for Families, Friends & Fido!

DATE: Sunday, June 30, 2019

TIME: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM (food served from approx. noon to 3 PM)

WHERE: San Dieguito County Park, Solana Beach, at Lomas Santa Fe Drive and El Camino Real

DIRECTIONS: Lomas Santa Fe exit off of I-5, one mile east to Highland Drive park entrance. Left onto Highland, immediate right into the park. Pay parking fee ($3.00/car, free for seniors). At booth, proceed to Area #3 Parking. Note: the San Diego County Fair will cause heavy traffic on I-5 near the Lomas Santa Fe exit. Please allow extra driving time!

WHO: Youngsters, seniors, in-betweensters, guys, gals, chemists, recovering chemists, guests and other friends of the ACS!

WHAT: BBQ, cold drinks, games and prizes for children of all ages. Please bring a homemade dessert to enter the Best Dessert Contest. Prizes will be awarded! If you bring a cold dessert, bring a cooler. Guests with special dietary needs should provide for them.

RSVP: As soon as possible but no later than Thursday, June 27th, by registering at https://sdacs2019picnic.eventbrite.com/.

Please tell us how many adults and how many children (with their ages) will be in your party, as well as total number of vegetarians.

Volunteers needed for morning setup!
Please contact James Caldwell to sign up:
tel. 815-262-9697 | email: jcaldwell@sandiegoacs.org

The Southern California Pharmaceutical Discussion Group (SCPDG) of AAPS: A Joint Meeting with the San Diego Section of the ACS

Why Bother? Downstream Development and Market Considerations that Impact Drug Discovery




Vince Wacher, PhD, Synthetic Biologics

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019

6:00 – 6:30 PM    Check-In
6:30 – 7:15 PM     Dinner
7:15 – 8:15 PM      Presentation
8:15 – 8:30 PM     Discussion

Knobbe Martens, Intellectual Property Law; Da Vinci Conference Room
12790 El Camino Real, El Camino Real, San Diego 92130

RSVP here by Monday, May 6, 2019