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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Laureates 2018

The EFMC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Awards:

Nauta Pharmacochemistry Award for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Prof. Christa Müller – University of Bonn, Germany

For her extensive contribution to the field of adenosine and purinergic receptors, from the design of novel ligands to the study of their therapeutic potential, and for her support of the European Medicinal Chemistry community. Dr. Müller is a highly cited scientist who has developed a number of tool compounds now used by many labs around the world. She has set up numerous international collaborations, and is a co-founder of the Pharmacenter in Bonn. Her noted contributions to the Medicinal Chemistry community include continued editorial and advisory duties, educational initiatives, and the organization of international conferences.

UCB-Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry
Prof. Adam Nelson – University of Leeds, United Kingdom

For his ground breaking work to explore novel chemical space, especially natural product-like, diversity-oriented and activity-directed synthesis.  Prof. Nelson implemented his vision that chemical synthesis should align with drug discovery needs, and introduced methods that have been taken up by the medicinal chemistry community to profile synthetic targets for lead-likeness and chemical novelty. He plays an important role in the European Lead Factory, chairing its Library Selection Committee, and leads the “Next Generation Chemistry for Medicine” theme at the Rosalind Franklin Institute, in the UK.

Prous Institute-Overton and Meyer Award for New Technologies in Drug Discovery
Prof. Benjamin Cravatt – Scripps Research Institute, USA

For his major contribution to the development of chemical proteomics, and in particular the introduction and refinement of the activity-based protein profiling (ABPP) technology. This novel approach allows the study of enzyme function in complex systems: This, and the efforts of Prof. Cravatt to identify tools for chemical biology, led to the identification of novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of human diseases of the central nervous system

The Awards will be presented during the XXV EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2018), scheduled to be held on September 2-6, 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Previous Laureates

Nauta Pharmacochemistry Award for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology
2016: Prof. François Diederich, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2014: Dr Paul Leeson, GlaxoSmithKline, United Kingdom
2012: Prof. Alexander Levitzki, THe Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
2010: Prof. Camille George Wermuth, University Louis Pasteur Strasbourg and Prestwick Chemicals

UCB-Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry
2016: Prof. Paul J. Hergenrother, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
2014: Prof. Craig Crews, Yale University, Department of Chemistry, New Haven, USA
2012: Dr Krzysztof Józwiak, Department of Chemistry, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
2010: Dr Anthony Wood, Pfizer Global Research and Development

Prous Institute-Overton and Meyer Award for New Technologies in Drug Discovery
2016: Prof. Jan Steyaert, VIB & VU Brussels, Belgium
2014: Prof. György Ferenczy and Prof. György Keseru, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
2012: Dr Harren Jhoti, Astex Pharmaceuticals, UK
2010: Prof. Klaus Müller, ETH Zürich, Switzerland



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