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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Call for Nominations EFMC 2016 Awards

To acknowledge outstanding achievements in the field of Medicinal Chemistry, EFMC is conferring every two years three Awards on the occasion of the International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry. The 2016 Awards will be conferred on the occasion of the XXIV EFMC "International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry" (EFMC-ISMC) to be held in Manchester, United-Kingdom on August 28 - September 1, 2016.

All 3 awards consist of a diploma, € 7.500 and an invitation for a lecture by the Award recipient at the upcoming EFMC-ISMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry.

The EFMC-Awards include:

For the advancement of Medicinal Chemistry and the development of international organizational structures in Medicinal Chemistry. The award will be given for outstanding achievements in the field of Medicinal Chemistry.

To acknowledge and recognise outstanding research in the field of Medicinal Chemistry in its broadest sense by a young scientist. This Award has been established with the support of UCB Pharma.

To encourage innovation and investigation in technological development related to drug discovery, this Award established with the support of Prous Institute will be given for the discovery, evaluation or use of new technologies.


Nominations for these Awards consist of a nomination letter, a brief CV including a list of selected publications and two supporting letters. Self-nominations are also accepted. The nominations should be submitted to Prof. Koen Augustyns, President of the EFMC, via the following link:

Deadline for submission: January 31, 2016


Call for Nominations - EFMC Prizes 2016

To acknowledge and recognise an outstanding young medicinal chemist (≤ 12 years after PhD) working in industry or in academia within Europe, EFMC established the EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Industry and the EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Academia. The Prizes consists of a diploma, € 1.000 and an invitation for a short presentation at the XXIV International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry Symposium (EFMC-ISMC 2016), August 28 - September 1, 2016, Manchester (United Kingdom).

Deadline for Nominations/Applications: January 31, 2016

More information is available on this website, under "News and Events"


2016 IUPAC-Richter Prize in Medicinal Chemistry

The 2016 IUPAC-Richter Prize will be presented during the EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (August 28 - September 1, 2016) in Manchester (UK), where the recipient will also give a plenary lecture on the subject of his/her research.

The prize is to be awarded to an internationally recognized scientist, preferably a medicinal chemist, whose activities or published accounts have made an outstanding contribution to the practice of medicinal chemistry or to an outstanding example of new drug discovery.

Prize USD 10 000

The Prize has been established by a generous gift from the Chemical Works of Gedeon Richter, Plc. (Budapest, Hungary) to acknowledge the key role that medicinal chemistry plays towards improving human health.

Applicants should be received by NOMINATION only, with just one person needing to serve in that capacity, although a total of five (5) individuals should be listed as referees overall. The package must be submitted electronically and should contain a complete resume, a professional autobiography of not more than two pages, and a one-page summary of what the individual considers to be his/her activities, accomplishments and/or publications that have had the most significant impact upon the field of Medicinal Chemistry. The material will be forwarded confidentially to an independent selection committee appointed by the IUPAC Subcommittee on Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development.

For further information, please contact Professor Janos Fischer, Chariman of the IUPAC Subcommittee on Drug Discovery and Drug Development, by email at

Nomination materials should be submitted by 15 February 2016 to IUPAC
Secretariat by email at:
Telephone: +1 (919) 485 8700
Fax: +1 (919) 485 8706


EFMC Prizes 2015

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

EFMC PRIZE FOR A YOUNG MEDICINAL CHEMIST IN INDUSTRY

Steve ANDREWS, Heptares Therapeutics, United Kingdom
Thomas FESSARD, SpiroChem, Switzerland

EFMC PRIZE FOR A YOUNG MEDICINAL CHEMIST IN ACADEMIA

Alessio CIULLI, University of Dundee, United Kingdom
Matthew FUCHTER, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Beat FIERZ, EPFL, Switzerland

The EFMC Prizes Ceremony took place during the 6th EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ASMC'15) in Rehovot, Israel, on November 15-18, 2015.

Prof. Koen Augustyns, EFMC President, conferred the prizes to Steve Andrews (Winner of the EFMC Prize for a young Medicinal Chemist in Indystry) and Alessio Ciulli (Winner of the EFMC Prize for a young Medicinal Chemist in Academia). Thomas Fessard, the Runner-up for the EFMC Prize for a young Medicinal Chemist in Indystry was also acknowledged.

Following the Ceremony, both winners were invited to give their lecture:

Structure-Based Drug Design with G Protein-Coupled Receptors (Steve ANDREWS, Heptares Therapeutics, United Kingdom)

Achieving Intra-BET Selectivity of BET Bromodomain Chemical Probes: Bump-And Hole and PROTAC Approaches (Alessio CIULLI, University of Dundee, United Kingdom)


EFMC Short Courses

In 2016, EFMC will continue its tradition of organising Short Courses on Medicinal Chemistry, to favour cultural and scientific growth of the medicinal chemistry community and organised with affordable fees for participation.

The 2016 Course on “Modulation of Enzymes; Epigenetics and Beyond” is scheduled for April 24-27, 2016 and will be organised by Gerhard Müller (Mercachem, The Netherlands)

Detailed information can be found on the website www.efmcshortcourses.org


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