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.

Meetings  April 2018 Next

EFMC Sponsorship rules can be found in the by-laws, point E.

  • 29th Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry in Eastern England

    April 26, 2018   Fielder Centre, Hatfield, United Kingdom

    The Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry in Eastern England, known colloquially as the "Hatfield MedChem" meeting, is a highly successful, long-standing, one-day meeting which runs annually. The scientific programme will comprise presentations showcasing medicinal chemistry case studies from tools to candidates, across a range of modalities, therapeutic areas and target classes, as well as covering more general topics from the forefront of drug discovery of relevance to medicinal chemists. The meeting aims to be informal and interactive and the event will offer excellent scientific and networking opportunities for all those working in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.

    Confirmed Speakers

    • Ben Cons, Astex Pharmaceuticals, United Kingdom
    • Christopher Tinworth, GlaxoSmithKline, United Kingdom
    • Dean Boyall, Vertex, United Kingdom
    • Laurent Provins, UCB, Belgium
    • Perla Breccia, Charles River Discovery, United Kingdom
    • Stephen J Gregson, Spirogen, United Kingdom
    • Stuart Conway, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Tom Miller, Shire, United Kingdom
    • Willem van Hoorn, ExScientia, United Kingdom

    Contact person: Mrs Maggi Churchouse
    Tel: +44 (0)1359 221004

  • Kinase 2018: Towards New Frontiers: 8th RSC / SCI Symposium on Kinase Inhibitor Design

    May 14-15, 2018   Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge, United Kingdom

    With more than 25 FDA-approved small molecules, the field of kinase inhibition continues to attract significant investment from the drug discovery and development community. The 8th RSC / SCI symposium on kinases will encompass case studies of ongoing programmes as well as successful past programmes. A range of topics including CNS kinase inhibitors, allosteric inhibitors and non-oral delivery methods will be covered, along with views and perspectives on the future of kinase inhibitor research.

    Confirmed Speakers

    • David Ebner, Pfizer, United States
    • Emily Hanan, Genentech, United States
    • James Reuberson, UCB, United Kingdom
    • Julian Blagg, Institute of Cancer Research, United Kingdom
    • Julien Papillon, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, United States
    • Youcef Mehellou, Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, United Kingdom
    • Klaus Bæk Simonsen, Lundbeck, Denmark
    • Klaus Okkenhaug, University of Cambridge and Babraham Institute, United Kingdom
    • Mike Pollastri, Northeastern University, United States
    • Roger Williams, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology, United Kingdom
    • Valerio Berdini, Astex Pharmaceuticals, United Kingdom

    Contact person: Mrs Maggi Churchouse
    Tel: +44 (0)1359 221004

  • 4th RSC / DMDG New Perspectives in DMPK

    May 21-22, 2018   London, United Kingdom

    This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between principal members of the DMPK research community. Keynote talks from industry leaders will provide global perspectives on how DMPK can bring value to the process on informing drug discovery. The emphasis will be on building dialogue between participants who will range from experienced project/laboratory leaders to early-career researchers.  There will be a balanced mix of oral and poster presentations, interactive Q&A sessions and networking opportunities throughout.

    Deadline for Poster submission: April 23, 2018

    Contact person: Mrs Maggi Churchouse
    Tel: +44 (0)1359 221004

  • EUFEPS Annual Meeting 2018- Crossing Barriers for Future Medicines

    May 24-26, 2018   Athens, Greece

    After celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, EUFEPS is proud and happy to announce the 2018 Annual Meeting to be held in Athens, Greece between May 24-26, 2018 in collaboration with Conference Co-Chair Prof. Panos Macheras supported by University of Athens and with parallel tracks organized by EUFEPS Networks.

    This meeting will be focused on the theme “Crossing Barriers for Future Medicines”. The main track of the meeting will continue throughout the scientific programme on May 24 to 26 covering basic sciences in oral and mucosal drug absorption and transport to innovative medicines and their PK/PD evaluation.

    As the concept of future medicines involves an extensive systems approach for both development and for pre-clinical and clinical evaluation, parallel tracks will be organized by networks and EUFEPS member institutions and societies to discuss different aspects. Among these tracks available to the Athens 2018 participants, Nanomedicines tracks will be organized by EUFEPS Network on Nanomedicine and Hellenic Society on Nanotechnology for Health Sciences HSNanoHS. Biotech and Biosimilars and Manufacturing of Future Medicines tracks will be co-organized with industry, Novel Molecular Targets and New Oncology Drugs track will be held by German Pharmaceutical Society, Personalized Medicine tracks will be organized by EUFEPS Network on Systems Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetics network EPRIN.

    Confirmed Speakers

    • Per Artursson, Uppsala University, Sweden
    • Leslie Benet, University of California, United States 
    • Mansoor Khan, University of Texas A&M, United States  
    • Stefan Knapp, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany 
    • Ivana Knezevic, WHO Group Lead for Norms and Standards for Biological Technologies, Switzerland 
    • Sir Munir Pirmohamed, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom 
    • Jukka Rantanen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


    • Physiology of the GI tract relevant for drug absorption
    • Nanomedicines and nanosimilars: How to assess how similar?
    • Performance of dosage forms in the GI tract and impact on drug absorption
    • Nanomedicines: Challenges on the road
    • Drug absorption, dissolution and in-silico modeling-towards prediction paradise?
    • Manufacturing of future medicines
    • Systems pharmacology
    • Biotech and biosimilars
    • Regulatory science: Partnerships looking into the future
    • New drugs in oncology
    • Information on drug absorption in regulatory processes- nice to know vs. need to know
    • EUFEPS Network on Pharmacogenetics Research and Implementation
    • Nanomedicines: the European Platform

    The closing date for abstract submission is March 20, 2018

    For more information please contact: 

  • RSC-BMCS / RSC-CICAG Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry

    June 15, 2018   London, United Kingdom

    Artificial Intelligence is presently experiencing a renaissance in development of new methods and practical applications to ongoing challenges in Chemistry. We are pleased to announce that the Biological & Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) and Chemical Information & Computer Applications Group (CICAG) of the Royal Society of Chemistry are organising a one-day conference entitled Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry to present the current efforts in applying these new methods. We will combine aspects of artificial intelligence and deep machine learning methods to applications in chemistry.

    Confirmed Speakers

    • Bob Sheridan, Merck, United States
    • Darren Green, GlaxoSmithKline, United Kingdom
    • Marwin Segler, Benevolent AI, United Kingdom
    • Nadine Schneider, Novartis, Switzerland
    • Ola Engkvist, AstraZeneca, Sweden
    • Wilhem van Hoorn, Exscientia, United Kingdom

    The closing date for poster submission is April 13, 2018.

    Contact person: Mrs Maggi Churchouse
    Tel: +44 (0)1359 221004

  • 54th International Conference on Medicinal Chemistry (RICT 2018)

    July 4-6, 2018   Strasbourg, France

    The French Medicinal Chemistry Society (Société de Chimie Thérapeutique - SCT) is pleased to invite you to Strasbourg, France on July 4-6, 2018 for the 54th edition of the International Conference on Medicinal Chemistry (RICT 2018).

    The congress will be devoted to “Interfacing Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery”.


    1) New opportunities for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases

    • Exploring novel pathways for the next generation drugs
    • Non-small molecule approaches in metabolic & cardiovascular disorders

    2) New breakthroughs in GPCR structure, function and their impact on drug discovery

    • Exploring GPCR heterodimers as a source of drugs
    • New biophysics developments in GPCR structure and function

    3) New modalities for challenging targets in drug discovery

    • Exploring novel chemical space: scaffolds inspired by nature, conjugates, alternative scaffolds, oligonucleotides, macrocyclics and constrained peptides
    • Tackling biological targets from different angles: protein degradation (PROTAC)

    4) Chemical biology in drug discovery: visualizing biological processes

    • Imaging biological targets and cellular processes
    • Probing biological systems with small molecules

    5) Tackling challenges in drug delivery and formulation

    • Making the insoluble soluble
    • Novel solutions to stabilize & deliver peptides/proteins

    6) Case studies: from target validation to novel drugs (all therapeutic areas included)

    Contact person: Dr Dominique Bonnet
    Tel: +33(0)368854236
    Fax: +33(0)369854310

    Organised by : Société de Chimie Thérapeutique (France)

  • Italian-Spanish-Portuguese Joint Meeting in Medicinal Chemistry “MedChemSicily2018”

    July 17-20, 2018   Palermo, Italy

    The Italian Medicinal Chemistry division, together with the Spanish and Portuguese medicinal chemistry communities, will organize the Italian-Spanish-Portuguese Joint Meeting in Medicinal Chemistry “MedChemSicily2018”. Palermo, the main city of Sicily rich in history, culture, art, and food, will host the joint meeting from the 17th to 20th of July, 2018. The conference follows similar events, started in 1989 in Granada (1er Congreso Conjunto Hispano-Italiano de Quimica Terapeutica), and then held in 1995 in Ferrara (II Congreso Conjunto Italiano-EspaDol de Quimica Terapeutica), and in 2015 in Barcelona (Spanish-Italian Medicinal Chemistry Congress -SIMCC-2015). As a novelty of the 2018 conference edition, the Portuguese Medicinal Chemistry Society will join Italian and Spanish communities in organizing the event. The following scientists have already accepted to deliver a plenary lecture at the joint meeting: Erick Carreira (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Ben Davis (University of Oxford, UK), Hervè Galons (University of Paris Descartes, France), and Herbert Waldmann (University of Dortmund, Germany).

    The meeting will coincide with the 25th NMMC & 11th Young Medicinal Chemists Symposium “Nuove Prospettive in Chimica Farmaceutica” (NPCF11). It will be aimed to provide a panel of scientists to interact and discuss the latest ideas, scientific breakthroughs and techniques. The meeting will also offer an exciting chance to debate future changes and to provide topical coverage of key disciplines, and to explore for cooperation and collaborations.

    The scientific programme will include:

    • three days of scientific presentations
    • plenary lectures of eminent international scientists
    • ten parallel oral sessions with keynotes and short communications of distinguished scientists from Italy and abroad (expected attendance of over 400 delegates from Italy and other European countries, both University and Industry)
    • poster sessions
    • an exhibition by companies working in the field

    Plenary Speakers

    • Erick Carreira, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    • Ben Davis, University of Oxford, UK
    • Hervé Galons, University of Paris Descartes, France
    • Herbert Waldmann, University of Dortmund, Germany
    • Bernhard Wünsch, University of Münster, Germany

    Keynote Speakers

    • Luís G. Arnaut, University of Coimbra, Portugal
    • Pietro Campiglia, University of Salerno, Italy
    • Laura Carzaniga, Chiesi, Parma, Italy
    • Javier Fernández Gadea, Jansen Research & Development, Toledo, Spain
    • Pedro M. P. Góis, University of Lisbon, Portugal
    • Maria Manuel B. Marques, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
    • Marco Mor, University of Parma, Italy
    • Claudia Mugnaini, University of Siena, Italy
    • Rosario Gonzáles-Muñiz, Instituto Quimica Medica-CSIC, Madrid, Spain
    • Antonio Pineda-Lucena, Instituto Investigación Sanitaria La Fe, Valencia, Spain

    Abstract submission deadline: March 31, 2018

    Early Bird registration deadline: April 30, 2018

    Contact person: Prof. Girolamo Cirrincione
    Tel: +39 09123896810

  • 7th RSC / SCI Symposium on GPCRs in Medicinal Chemistry

    September 10-12, 2018   Verona, Italy

    The key role of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in human disease underpins their importance to modern medicine. We are pleased to announce that Aptuit, Italy will support the seventh meeting in this series on GPCR drug discovery, which will combine cutting edge medicinal chemistry with innovative structural biology and novel drug design approaches.

    The meeting will consist of:

    • First disclosures of clinical candidates
    • Case studies in GPCR drug discovery and development
    • New structural biology and drug design
    • Allosteric modulation & biased signalling

    Call for Abstracts

    Applications for poster presentations are welcome. Posters will be displayed through the meeting and applicants may indicate whether they wish to be considered for a flash oral presentation when submitting an abstract. Please download a template and send it to the secretariat by 11th July 2018.

    Confirmed Speakers

    • Arthur Christopoulos, Monash University, Australia
    • Brock Shireman, Janssen, United States
    • Chris de Graaf, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Chris Tate, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom
    • Cristina Gardelli, AstraZeneca, Sweden
    • Daniel Rosenbaum, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States
    • Hugo Gutiérrez de Terán, Uppsala University, Sweden
    • Lothar Schwink, Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland, Germany
    • Michael Hanson, GPCR Consortium, United States
    • Miles Congreve, Heptares Therapeutics, United Kingdom
    • Robert Cherney, BMS, United States
    • Xiayang Qiu, Pfizer, United States

    Contact person: Mrs Maggi Churchouse
    Tel: +44 (0)1359 221004

  • 22nd European Symposium on Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (22nd EuroQSAR)

    September 16-20, 2018   Thessaloniki, Greece

    The European Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (EuroQSAR) Symposia are major scientific events that have been organized in different cities of Europe since 1973. They have the fascinating scope to promote and disseminate advances in rational approaches in drug design and discovery and ensure a worldwide attendance of prominent scientists from both academia and industry.

    The 22nd EuroQSAR 2018 symposium, entitled “Translational and Health Informatics: Implications for Drug Discovery”, will take place September 16-20, 2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It is a Turkish-Greek co-organization and an EFMC sponsored event.

    The symposium will focus on:

    • ADME Prediction and Computational Toxicology for Safer and Efficacious Drugs
    • Big Data Analysis, Cloud Resources and Precision Medicine
    • Binding Kinetics in Drug Discovery
    • Biotechnology Targeted Drug Discovery
    • Cheminformatics / Pharmacoinformatics in the Era of Biological Complexity
    • Computational Biology and Quantum Enzymology
    • Computational Methods for Nanotechnology in Drug Discovery
    • Epigenetic Drug Targets
    • Homology Modelling for Drug Discovery
    • Ligand-Based and Structure-Based Approaches to Drug Design
    • Modelling of Natural Drugs
    • Molecular Dynamic Simulations and Related Methods
    • Multi-Targeting Drug Design
    • New avenues in QSAR Methodology and Applications
    • Protein Target Dynamics for Drug Discovery
    • Targeting Protein-Protein Interactions

    The scientific program of the Symposium will include plenary lectures, keynote lectures, oral communications, companies' workshops, poster presentations and a commercial exhibition.

    Organised by : Hellenic Society of Medicinal Chemistry (Greece)

  • Macrocycles 2018 - 3rd RSC BMCS Medicinal Chemistry Symposium on Macrocycles

    October 8-9, 2018   Stevenage, United Kingdom

    The objective of this symposium is to promote scientific interaction between scientists with a shared interest in the field of Macrocycles. This area is responsible for a growing number of therapeutic approaches and development candidates, all of which go ‘beyond the rule-of–five’. As a researcher in this field, come along to hear about the latest advances and also to share in some of the secrets of discovering therapeutic agents which go beyond Lipinski’s rules.

    Confirmed Speakers

    • Frank Fang, Eisai, United States
    • William McCoull, AstraZeneca, United Kingdom
    • Daniel Obrecht, Polyphor, Switzerland
    • Vicky Steadman, Selcia, United Kingdom

    Contact person: Mrs Maggi Churchouse
    Tel: +44 (0)1359 221004

  • 2nd SCI/RSC Symposium on Antimicrobial Drug Discovery

    November 12-13, 2018   London, United Kingdom

    Rising antimicrobial resistance is decreasing the efficacy of existing treatments for infection. With the alarming prospect of a post-antibiotic era, it is vital that we refresh the drug pipeline with new therapies and therapeutics that act through novel modes of action. With pressure from governments and increased public awareness of this growing problem, renewed interest from industry and academia has led to a resurgence in antimicrobial drug discovery, with the exciting prospect of new and innovative technologies and approaches for combating infection.

    Following the first successful event in 2016, this meeting will examine the current state of the art in antimicrobial drug discovery from a medicinal chemist’s perspective. Coinciding with World Antibiotics Awareness week, a two-day programme of speakers from industry and academia will highlight the challenges associated with discovering and developing new antimicrobials, whilst also showcasing emerging strategies that are being developed to tackle infection.

    Early-career researchers wishing to give a short talk are encouraged to submit a one-page abstract by Friday 15 June 2018.

    Deadline for early bird registration is 1st October 2018.

    Contact: Conference Team
    Tel: +44 (0)207 598 1561

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