The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) UK and RSC Pakistan organized the 1st International Conference on Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery. The conference is being held at COMSTECH secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan. The federal minister for Science Technology Mr. Azam Swati attended the inaugural session today at COMSTECH secretariat. The Vice Chancellor Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan Professor Dr. Khursheed Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor Women University, Swabi Professor Dr. Fatima Khanzadi Khattak, Coordinator COMSTECH, Khursheed Hasnain, Chairman Department of Pharmacy Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad Dr. Gul Majeed, Dr. Ayaz conference coordinator, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan and Dr. Asad Ali, Director ORIC, AWKUM were present on the occasion along with researchers, scientists, students and academicians from other institutions of the country. Several eminent scientists of the RSC from UK, Lebanon, Egypt, Indonesia, Germany, Algeria, Malaysia, Turkey, Palestine, Oman and other countries are attending the conference. The conference is organized by Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Women University Swabi, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad and the University of Punjab Lahore in collaboration with the RSC, UK and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Prof. Dr. Chos Bountra from Oxford University UK, Prof. Dr. Zaheer-Ul-Haq University of Karachi, Dr. Ghasan Albarghoti Birzeit University Palestine and Dr. Michael Mcdonogh from Oxford University, UK presented their papers in the 1st session of the conference which was chaired by Dr. Gul Majeed from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. The speakers talked about their research on cancer and informed the audience about the hazards and potential threats from different types of cancer as this disease claims 1 human life every 19 seconds throughout the world. The speakers insisted on the need of collaborative research work by researchers from around the world and that close liaison and linkage of industry and academia is important for quick and efficient control of this lethal disease. Members of the conference said that this international conference will be an important step towards finding solutions for cancer and other such diseases.