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EFMC-YSN MedChemBioOnline

The Young Scientists Network (YSN) of the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (EFMC) decided to launch MedChemBioOnline, a series of webinars which will mix science, soft-skills trainings and round table discussions.

Organized every two months on a free-to-attend basis, the 2,5 hours webinars aims to meet the current needs of our scientific community to continue interacting and sharing ideas and innovation, as well as providing early career scientists with opportunities to listen to outstanding scientists and expand their knowledge.

What do you want to see next? 

We are really keen to hear your feedback, receive ideas for soft-skill trainings or speakers' suggestions. 

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Upcoming editions

TOPIC: Epigenetics

Chairman
Dr Clemens ZWERGEL (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

Moderator 
Dr Caroline LANTHIER (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

The programme of the webinar will be as follow

  • Keynote Lecture by Prof. Sergio Valente (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) 
  • Presentation by Reaction Biology: Enabling Epigenetic Drug Discovery Through Quality Proteins and Assay Services
    Dr Ekaterina Kuznetsova (Reaction Biology, US)
  • Soft Skill Training on Publishing Ethics: Best practices in writing manuscripts
    David Peralta (Editor-in-Chief, ChemMedChem, A Chemistry Europe Journal)
  • Round Table Discussion: "Epigenetics the Road Ahead: Are Polypharmacology and Epitranscriptomics our Bright Future?“

The event will be free and open to all thanks to the generous support of Reaction Biology

Reaction Biology is an industry leader offering contract research for epigenetic drug discovery. We have a reputation for providing high quality data generated by gold standard activity and binding assays. Via flexibility for custom-tailored solutions and direct communication with our clients we address the goals of every individual research project.

TOPIC: Late Stage Functionalisation/Fluorination

Chairman:
Prof. Michele MARI, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy

The programme of the webinar will be as follow

  • 45' Keynote Lecture
  • 10' Sponsor Presentation
  • 45' Soft Skill Training
  • 30' Round Table Discussion

The event will be free and open to all. 

Interested in becoming the exclusive sponsor of the event? Reach out to us at  

Previous editions

Replays available on YouTube! 

TOPIC: PROTAC and Small Molecules Development 

Chairwoman
Dr Chiara Borsari (University of Basel, Switzerland) 

Moderator
Mr Matic Proj (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

PROGRAMME: 

  • 17:00 | Opening 
  • 17:05 | Targeted protein degradation with small molecules: How PROTACs work (Replay unavailable)
    Prof. Alessio Ciulli (University of Dundee, United Kingdom) | Abstract & Biography
  • 17:50 | Precision Chemistry applied to PROTACs (Watch the replay
    Dr Luc Van Hijfte (Symeres, The Netherlands) | Abstract & Biography
  • 18:00 | Controlling Physicochemical Properties in Drug Design (Watch the replay
    Dr Klemens Hoegenauer (Novartis, Switzerland) | Abstract & Biography 
  • 18:45 | Round Table discussion on "Challenges and Opportunities in PROTAC vs Small Molecules Development" (Watch the replay
    Prof. Alessio Ciulli (University of Dundee, United Kingdom)
    Dr Danette Daniels (Promega, United States) | Biography 
    Dr Rutger Folmer (Symeres, The Netherlands) | Biography
    Dr Klemens Hoegenauer (Novartis, Switzerland)
    Dr Malin Lemurell (AstraZeneca, Sweden) | Biography 
    Dr Georg Winter (Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria) | Biography 
  • 19:15 | End of the event

The event was generously supported by Symeres.

Symeres is the leading mid-sized European Contract Research Organization for your drug discovery and development needs. With over 500 scientists, we offer best-in-class solutions from early-stage hit finding to the delivery of your early clinical drug substance API, for small- to medium-sized molecules. 

TOPIC: Artificial Intelligence applied to Medicinal Chemistry

Chairwoman
Dr Kristina Goncharenko (Spirochem, Switzerland) 

Moderator
Dr Filipa Ramilo Gomes (Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal)

PROGRAMME:

  • 17:00 | Opening 
  • 17:05 | Integration of AI in Medicinal Chemistry: Practical Applications & Challenges
    Dr Christian Tyrchan (AstraZeneca, Sweden) | Abstract & Biography
  • 17:50 | Schrödinger's Computational Molecular Design Platform
    Dr Thomas Steinbrecher (Schrödinger, Germany) | Abstract & Biography
  • 18:00 | Computational Chemistry in an Industrial Setting in the 21st Century
    Dr Jas Bhachoo (Schrödinger, Germany) | Abstract & Biography
  • 18:45 | Round Table Discussion: "Artificial Intelligence in Medicinal Chemistry, what's next?" 
    Prof. Jürgen Bajorath (university of Bonn, Germany) | Biography
    Prof. Ana Newton (Yale University, United States) | Biography
    Dr Thomas Steinbrecher (Schrödinger, Germany)
    Dr Nikolaus Stiefl (Novartis, Switzerland) | Biography
    Dr Christian Tyrchan (AstraZeneca, Sweden)
  • 19:15 | End of the Meeting

The event was generously sponsored by Schrödinger.

To improve human health and quality of life by transforming the way therapeutics and materials are discovered. 

RECORDING AVAILABLE: By clicking on "video" next to the title of each talk, you will be directed to the corresponding recording available on the EFMC YouTube Channel. 

PROGRAMME:

Chairwoman
Dr Filipa Ramilo Gomes (Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Moderator
Dr Leire Iralde Lorente (University of Siena, Italy)

  • 17:00 | Opening
  • 17:05 | Tools and Drugs to Target Purinergic Signalling for Cancer Immunotherapy 
    Prof. Christa Müller (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • 18:00 | Women in Medicinal Chemistry: Per Aspera Ad Astra | Video 
  • Prof. Maria Laura Bolognesi (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • 18:30 | Round Table discussion - "Gender Balance in Medicinal Chemistry: How can we do better?" | Video
    Prof. Yimon Aye (EPFL, Switzerland)
    Prof. Maria Laura Bolognesi (University of Bologna, Italy)
    Dr Sharon Bryant (Inte:ligand GmbH, Austria) 
    Prof. Rui Moreira (University of Lisbon & EFMC, Portugal)
    Prof. Christa Müller (University of Bonn, Germany)
    Prof. Maud Reiter (Firmenich, Switzerland)
  • 19:15 | End of the meeting  
Registration is free and open to all!
 
Interested in becoming the exclusive sponsor of this event? Reach out to us at 

RECORDING AVAILABLE: By clicking on "video" next to the title of each talk, you will be directed to the corresponding recording available on the EFMC YouTube Channel. 

PROGRAMME:

Chairwoman
Dr Kristina Goncharenko (Spirochem, Switzerland)
Moderator
Mrs Caroline Lanthier (University of Caen Normandy, France)

  • 17:00 | Opening
  • 17:05 | Route Scouting for Kilogram-Scale Manufacturing of API’s: Brain Breaker for Real Organic Chemists Abstract | Video
    Dr Martin Strack (MercachemSyncom, The Netherlands)
  • 17:50 | Cartridge-based Automated Synthesis – A New Tool for the Synthetic Chemist Abstract | Video
    Dr Benedikt Wanner (Synple Chem, Switzerland)
  • 18:00 | How to Present Confidently in Online Meetings Abstract | Markus' website
    Mr Markus Seppälä (Event host & Comedian, Switzerland) 
  • 18:45 | Round Table discussion - "Confused after Graduation? Don't get lost in your Career Path!" | Video
    Prof. Roberto Pellicciari (University of Perugia & TES Pharma, Italy)
    Prof. Tracey Pirali (University of Piemonte Orientale & ChemIcare, Italy)
    Dr Martin Strack (MercaChemSyncom, The Netherlands)
    Dr Giulio Volpin (Bayer, Germany)
    Dr Benedikt Wanner (Synple Chem, Switzerland)
    19:15 | End of the meeting  
The event was generously sponsored by Synple Chem.
 
 

Synple Chem is a developer of new organic synthesis technologies. Our automated capsule-based synthesizers work analogously to capsule coffee makers - simply add the starting material and a commercially available, single-use, disposable reagent capsule, then with a single touch of a button, the product is generated, isolated and purified! 

RECORDING AVAILABLE: By clicking on "video" next to the title of each talk, you will be directed to the corresponding recording available on the EFMC YouTube Channel. 

PROGRAMME:

Chairman
Dr Clemens Zwergel (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
Moderator
Mr Matic Proj (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

  • 17:00 | Opening
  • 17:05 | Critical Targets and Drug Design to Combat Covid-19 | Abstract
    Prof. Arun K. Ghosh (Purdue University, United States)
  • 17:50 | Integrated Drug Discovery within CRO Network Abstract | Video
    Dr Luc Van Hijfte (MercachemSyncom, The Netherlands) 
  • 18:00 | Stress Management for Mental Well-Being Abstract | Video
    Mrs Anabel Jiménez (Education First, Switzerland)
  • 18:45 | Round Table discussion - "How to Deal with the Stressful Moments: PhD Defense, Job Interview, Team Management, etc" | Video
    Dr Dave Alker (Consultant, United Kingdom)
    Dr João António (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
    Mrs Anabel Jiménez (Education First, Switzerland) 
    Prof. Antti Poso (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)
  • 19:15 | End of the meeting  
The event was generously sponsored by MercachemSyncom.

MercachemSyncom is the leading mid-sized European drug-discovery CRO for solving your chemistry challenges, from small to medium-sized molecule hits, to the first GMP batches of identified clinical candidates. We blend vast scientific knowledge with inventiveness to make great leaps on your behalf. We go further to unlock new potential.

Recording/Presentations available: By clicking on the title of each talk, you will be directed to the corresponding recording available on the EFMC YouTube Channel, or access the slide deck when a recording is not available. 

PROGRAMME:

Chairman
Dr Michele Mari (Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy)
Moderator
Ms Pauline Zipfel (University of Caen Normandy, France)

The event was generously sponsored by WuXi AppTec.

Established in December 2000, WuXi AppTec provides a broad portfolio of R&D and manufacturing services to advance discoveries and deliver groundbreaking treatments to patients. WuXi AppTec HitS Unit provides a one-stop Target-to-Hit services that enable companies in the pharmaceuticals, biotech and academics worldwide to seek premium drug discovery. With industry-leading capabilities such as protein science, biophysics, DNA-encoded library technology, and structure-based drug design, HitS is committed to drive toward the realization of the vision that every drug can be made and every disease can be treated.

Organising Committee

  • Nadia AHMAD, Charles River, United Kingdom
  • Piia BARTOS, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
  • Chiara BORSARI, University of Basel, Switzerland 
  • Kristina GONCHARENKO, Spirochem, Switzerland 
  • Caroline LANTHIER, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Michele MARI, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy
  • Brieuc MATAGNE, EFMC & LD Organisation, Belgium
  • Matic PROJ, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Filipa RAMILO GOMES, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Clemens ZWERGEL, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy