MedChemWatch
Monthly Newsletter May 2015

EFMC PRIZES

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

Winner: Steve ANDREWS, Heptares Therapeutics, United Kingdom

Runner-up: Thomas FESSARD, SpriroChem, Switzerland

EFMC PRIZE FOR A YOUNG MEDICINAL CHEMIST IN ACADEMIA

Winner: Alessio CIULLI, University of Dundee, United Kingdom

Runner-up: Matthew FUCHTER, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Runner-up: Beat FIERZ, EPFL, Switzerland

Both prize winners will give an oral communication at the 6th EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ASMC'15), in Rehovot, Israel, on November 15-18, 2015.

EFMC ACCREDITED SCHOOL: EUROPEAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY (ESMEC), Urbino (Italy) on June 28 – July 3, 2015

The mission of the School is to provide participants, PhD students and junior researchers from both academia and industry, with the most recent advances in the field of medicinal and organic chemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology and analytical/ structural chemistry.

This idea is aimed to reflect the current scenario of medicinal chemistry being a truly transdisciplinary approach, where the advances in knowledge are driven by the medicinal chemist’s ability to translate into new molecular concepts and into novel molecular entities the amount of information created by molecular medicine, pharmacology, molecular biology, systems biology.

For these reasons, the School is directed to participants at a graduated and post-graduated level, in chemistry but also in pharmacology or biology, who are keen to explore the interdisciplinary context of current cutting-edge research in medicinal chemistry.

To achieve these very ambitious goals, the School is organised into thematic sessions, each of them constructed around a series of lectures, followed by practical workshops.

This year the scientific programme includes the following topics:

  • New avenues in pain therapeutics
  • Novel Methods to investigate GPCRs-ligand interactions
  • Photochemistry as an innovative synthetic tool
  • Hot Topics

For more information and registration, please visit the website www.esmec.eu

FRONTIERS IN MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY – Early Registration Deadline on June 2nd

The Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry symposium is co-organised on a biennial basis, as a collaboration between the MediDivision of ACS (American Chemical Society) and EFMC. The 2015 edition of the symposium will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, from September 14-16, 2015.

This biennial meeting is a key symposium in its field with traditionally around 300 participants, from industry and academia. The Frontiers Meeting attracts a highly targeted audience composed of experts in drug discovery and development, in particular medicinal and synthetic chemists, together with scientists active in the fields of computer assisted drug design, biology, DMPK, pharmacology, early toxicology, as well as chemical and pharmaceutical development. The scientific programme for Frontiers 2015 will feature a plenary session, followed by sessions covering the latest advances in medicinal chemistry.

Early registration deadline and deadline for abstract submission for oral communications is June 2nd!

The detailed programme is available on www.frontiers2015.org

EFMC SHORT COURSE ON MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY – Engineering of Biopharmaceuticals

Various issues of development of biopharmaceuticals as well as discussions of different strategies to improve peptide and protein properties to biopharmaceuticals will be the primary focus of the course.

Course outline

The development of future biopharmaceuticals will depend on research at the interfaces between several scientific disciplines including organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, protein chemistry and molecular biology. The interplay between these fields will have a key role for improving our molecular understanding of peptides and proteins and thus for developing future drug candidates. This course will focus on strategies on how to design and engineer biopharmaceuticals and will provide participants with insight to this important field of bioscience, which are applicable in academic and pharmaceutical contexts. The course will cover several fundamental aspects of peptide chemistry methodologies, selective modifications of proteins, ligation chemistries and regioselective coupling reactions. The biophysical characterization of peptide and proteins will be integrated in the lectures. The course will also cover various methods of semi-synthetic and synthetic modifications of proteins with focus on the application to drug discovery. Finally the course will give an insight to therapeutic antibodiesincluding screening, optimization an engineering aspects.

Thus, various issues of development of biopharmaceuticals as well as discussions of different strategies to improve peptide and protein properties to biopharmaceuticals will be the primary focus of the course.

Course Organiser: Jesper LAU (Novo Nordisk, Denmark)
Local Organiser: Henk TIMMERMAN (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Interested participants are asked to pre-register for the course before June 22. A final registration confirmation will be sent after the pre-registration deadline of June 22. In case of an insufficient number of participants, EFMC reserves the right to cancel the Course.

Find out more on: www.efmcshortcourses.org

 

EFMC VIDEOCLIP COMPETITION – Submission Deadline on June 30

Can you explain the importance of Medicinal Chemistry to the general public in just 1 minute? If you’re up to the challenge, you could win up to €500 in the EFMC’s "Why Medicinal Chemistry?" video competition!

Medicinal chemists play a fundamental role in the discovery of novel drugs. By making a short video, you can highlight the importance of Medicinal Chemistry and contribute to increasing the awareness of the general public for our discipline. The closing date is June 30, 2015. The winner and runner-ups will be announced in September 2015 and receive a cash prize and an EFMC Grant for participation in the Frontiers Symposium.

For more information please check the Why Medicinal Chemistry? page on the EFMC website.

EFMC GRANTS

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

To apply for an EFMC grant, please fill in the application form available on the website www.efmc.info and upload your CV, publication list, abstract, motivation letter and support letter from the supervisor.

Deadlines for applying can be found via this link.

EFMC WILL BE ORGANISING SESSIONS AT SYMPOSIA OF RELATED SOCIETIES

  • EuCheMS Division of Chemistry in the Life Sciences (Lisbon, June 10-12, 2015)
  • Eufeps Annual Meeting (Geneva, June 15-17, 2015)
  • AIMECS (Korea, October 18-21, 2015)
  • ACS Meeting (San Diego, March 2016)

To find out more on these sessions and other EFMC events, please check the meeting calendar on www.efmc.info

NEWS FROM THE DANISH SOCIETY OF PHARMACOLOGY, TOXICOLOGY AND MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY (DSFTM)

DSFTM will organise for the first time a medicinal chemistry session at the Danish Chemical Society annual meeting at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense on Thursday, July 11, 2015.

Session speakers will be Prof. Troels Skrydstrup, University of Aarhus, Prof. Kristian Strømgaard, University of Copenhagen, Divisional Director Klaus Bæk Simonsen, Lundbeck, and Executive Director Simon Feldbæk Nielsen, LEO Pharma. The full programme of the Danish Chemical Society 2015 annual meeting will be available at www.chemsoc.dk.

The DSFTM annual meeting 2015 will be focused on the theme Pharmacokinetics and will take place at Sandbjerg Gods in Sønderborg, Denmark, on October 19-20. More information can be found at www.dsftm.dk.

For more news and updates from DSFTM, please see www.dsftm.dk

NEWS FROM THE BIOLOGICAL AND MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY SECTOR (BMCS) OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY (UK)

The BMCS of the Royal Society of Chemistry announces several meetings and congresses and reports on a past event.

  • 2015 BMCS Medicinal Chemistry Lectureship: The inaugural lecture by Professor Barry Potter from the University of Bath, awardee of the 2015 BMCS Lectureship, took place on 7th May in the RSC Conference Centre in Burlington House, Piccadilly London. His talk titled Drug Discovery in a University: Fact or Fiction? was delivered to a packed audience and engendered many questions and much discussion. Unfortunately, a number of potential attendees had to be turned away because of limitations on the size of the venue but despair not: Professor Potter will give his talk at a range of locations within the UK – these are currently in the planning stage so look out on http://www.rsc.org/Membership/Networking/InterestGroups/BMCS/

    Prof. Barry Potter
  • Postgraduated Symposium: The 9th Biological and Medicinal Chemistry symposium for Post-graduates will take place on 11th December 2015 in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

 

EFMC ORGANISED EVENTS

September 6-7, 2018
Ljubljana, Slovenia
5th EFMC Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium (EFMC-YMCS 2018)

EFMC SPONSORED EVENTS

January 28 - February 1, 2018
St Anton, Austria
1st Alpine Conference on Medicinal and Synthetic Chemistry

JOB PORTAL

Early Stage Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Basel (UNIBAS), University of Utrecht (UU), PamGene: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UNIBAS), Department of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery (UU), Basel, Utrecht, 's-Hertogenbosch, Switzerland
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Early Stage Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Ljubljana (UL), University of Utrecht (UU), PamGene: Faculty of Pharmacy, Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (UL), Department of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery (UU), Ljubljana, Utrecht, 's-Hertogenbosch, Slovenia
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Early Stage Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Utrecht (UU), University of Ljubljana (UL), PamGene: Department of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery (UU), Faculty of Pharmacy, Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (UL), Utrecht, Ljubljana, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
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Early Stage Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Basel (UNIBAS), University of Ljubljana (UL): Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UNIBAS), Faculty of Pharmacy, Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (UL), Basel, Ljubljana, Switzerland
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Early Stage Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Ljubljana (UL), Lund University (ULUND), SARomics, Red Glead: Faculty of Pharmacy, Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (UL), Department of Chemistry (ULUND), Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Early Stage Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry, Università degli Studi di Milano (UMIL), Universiteit Utrecht (UU), PamGene: Chemistry (UMIL), Department of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery (UU), Milano, Utrecht, 's-Hertogenbosch, Italy
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Early Stage Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry, Università degli Studi di Milano (UMIL), Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS-Glycopedia): Chemistry (UMIL), CERMAV (UGA), Milano, Gières, Grenoble, Italy
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Early Stage Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry, Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), Universiteit Utrecht (UU), PamGene: CERMAV (UGA), Department of Chenical Biology & Drug Discovery (UU), Gières, Utrecht, 's-Hertogenbosch, France
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Early Stage Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry, Universiteit Utrecht (UU), Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS): Department of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery (UU), CERMAV (UGA), Utrecht, Gières, Grenoble, The Netherlands 
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Early Stage Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), Università degli Studi di Milano (UMIL), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) : CERMAV (UGA), Department of Chemistry (UMIL), Gières, Milano, Grenoble, France
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Research / Senior Scientist Medicinal Chemistry, UCB: Medicinal Chemistry, Braine-L'Alleud, Belgium
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Principal Scientist Medicinal Chemistry, UCB: Medicinal Chemistry, Braine-L'Alleud, Belgium
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