EFMC-YSN MedChemBioOnline

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

This series of webinars has been created 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. 

Please get in touch with us:


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

  • Lecture by Prof. Véronique Gouverneur (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Soft-Skill Training
  • Round Table discussion 


Dr Kristina Goncharenko (Spirochem, Switzerland)
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 (More info)
    Dr Martin Strack (MercachemSyncom, The Netherlands)
  • 17:50 | Cartridge-based Automated Synthesis – A New Tool for the Synthetic Chemist (More info)
    Dr Benedikt Wanner (Synple Chem, Switzerland)
  • 18:00 | How to Present Confidently in Online Meetings (More info)
    Mr Markus Seppälä (Event host & Comedian, Switzerland) 
  • 18:45 | Round Table discussion - "Confused after Graduation? Don't get lost in your Career Path!"
    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. 


Dr Clemens Zwergel (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
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. 


Dr Michele Mari (Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy)
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

  • Chiara BORSARI, University of Basel, Switzerland 
  • Kristina GONCHARENKO, Spirochem, Switzerland 
  • Piia KOKKONEN, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
  • Caroline LANTHIER, University of Caen Normandy, France
  • Leire Iralde LORENTE, University of Siena, Italy
  • Michele MARI, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy
  • Brieuc MATAGNE, EFMC & LD Organisation, Belgium
  • Matic PROJ, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Matt TOZER, Consultant, United Kingdom
  • Filipa RAMILO GOMES, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Mary WHELDON, University of Dundee, United Kingdom
  • Pauline ZIPFEL, University of Caen Normandy, France
  • Clemens ZWERGEL, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy