The European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) is an independent association representing medicinal chemistry societies in Europe. Its objective is to advance the science of medicinal chemistry by promoting cooperation and networking, by providing training and mentoring, by rewarding scientific excellence, and by facilitating communication and influencing stakeholders.

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James E. Bradner will give the opening lecture at the upcoming EFMC-ASMC’17

James E. Bradner (President of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), Cambridge, MA, United States) will give an inspiring talk on the Next-Generation Small Molecule Therapeutics as opening lecture of the upcoming 7th edition of the EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ASMC’17) in Vienna, Austria, on August 28-31, 2017.

The symposium will bring together chemists from industry, academia and start-up companies from around the world and is focused on the most recent advances in new synthetic methodologies, total synthesis, fluorination approaches, bioisosteres and building blocks, chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, drug discovery and development leading to new or improved methods for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals. 

Beyond key lectures in synthetic and fluorination chemistry, as well as recent case studies in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, the symposium aims at bridging the range from ‘small molecules’ to ‘large molecules’ including carbohydrates, natural products, novel protein scaffolds and genes; it is expected to attract experts in synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, total synthesis, catalysis, drug discovery, molecular imaging, and chemical development.

The general concept of the meeting, with talks equally selected from industry and academia, will include an opening lecture, 26 invited lectures, 10 short communications selected from submitted abstracts and a large poster session and commercial exhibition.


  • April 10, 2017: Deadline for abstract submission for Oral Communication selection, free abstract submission for Poster presentation and Early Bird fees.
  • From April 10 until June 20, 2017: abstracts for Poster presentations can still be submitted, but are subject to the prior payment of 50,00€ handling fees.

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EFMC Prizes 2017

The Selection Committees are proud to announce the names of the winners and the runners-up of the EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Industry and the EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Academia.


Philip Humphreys (GlaxoSmithKline, UK)
Fabien Lecomte (UCB, UK)
Mirjana Bukvic (Fidelta, Croatia)


Christian Gruber (Medical University of Vienna, Austria)
Andreas Koeberlee (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany)
Vittorio Limongelli (USI Lugano, Switzerland)

The EFMC Prizes Ceremony will take place during the 7th edition of the EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ASMC’17) in Vienna, Austria, on August 28-31, 2017. Philip Humphreys and Christian Gruber will be invited to give an Oral Communication during the Symposium.

The EFMC Grant to attend the 13th EFMC Short Course has been awarded:

Mr Arun Kumar Mahato (University of Helsinki, Finland) has received the EFMC Grant, covering half of the registration fee, to attend the upcoming 13th EFMC Short Course on Medicinal Chemistry: A Matter of Time: A Kinetic Perspective on Drug-Target Interactions, Oegstgeest (near Leiden), The Netherlands - April 23-26, 2017.

Every year, the EFMC is funding grants for its organised events with the aim to support the participation of young academic scientists.

The upcoming event(s) where an EFMC Grant can be applied for are: 

  • EFMC-ASMC'17 - International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry 
    (deadline for application is April 10, 2017
    ) - Link to the Event
  • 4th EFMC Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium 
    (in combination with the EFMC-ASMC'17)
     - Link to the Event

The full list of event, application conditions and application form can be found here


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