The XXIInd International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC) will take place in Berlin, Germany on September 2-6, 2012 at the ESTREL Convention Centre. Please note that the date and location have changed since the original communication. This change was necessary due to time conflicts with other overlapping major activities in Berlin. EFMC – ISMC, which is internationally recognized as one of the leading Medicinal Chemistry meetings, will provide an international forum for presentations and discussions for leaders in Medicinal Chemistry. To find out more on the previous editions of ISMC and to follow the preparations of ISMC 2012, we invite you to visit the symposium website www.ismc2012.org


A large entry of young medicinal chemists answered the call for nominations for the second edition of the “EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Industry” and the “EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Academia”. The Selection Committees are very pleased to announce the names of the winners and the most meritorious runners-up.

EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Industry
Alexander V. Mayweg, Roche, Switzerland
Charlotte Mitchell, GSK, UK
Sarah Skerratt, Pfizer UK

EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Academia
Christian Heinis, EPFL, Switzerland
Constance Chollet, University of Leipzig, Germany
Silvia Ortega-Gutiérrez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

The prizes are established to acknowledge and recognize an outstanding young medicinal chemist (<35 years old) working in industry or in academia within Europe. The winners will be awarded at the 4th International Symposium on Advances in Medicinal Chemistry (ASMC) (St. Petersburg, August 21-25, 2011), where they will give a short presentation.


The third edition of the EFMC Short Course took place in April in The Netherlands and focused on “Principles and Applications of in vitro Pharmacology in Drug Discovery for Medicinal Chemists”. The Course was again fully booked, and both organisers and participants look back on a successful Course. The next Short Course, scheduled for December 7-9, 2011 will focus on Safety and Attrition. More information will soon be available on the website www.efmc.info


EFMC is offering 3 free registrations for the European School of Chemistry (ESMEC) to students from outside Italy. The School, accredited by EFMC, will take place on July 3-8, 2011 in Urbino, Italy. Applications should consist of a CV, a motivation letter and an abstract summarizing the research carried out during the doctorate (for abstract instructions, please visit the ESMEC website www.esmec.eu). The abstract is a prerequisite for the poster that the students will present during the School. Applications should reach the Administrative Secretariat (administration@efmc.info) by May 15, 2011.


EFMC is funding grants for EFMC organised events with the aim to support the participation of young academic scientists. Upon application, up to 50% of the registration fee for EFMC-ISMC, EFMC-ASMC, Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry, EFMC Short Courses or the EFMC Accredited School will be covered by EFMC. Applications should reach the Administrative Secretariat (administration@efmc.info) at least six weeks prior to the event and should consist of a CV and a short motivation letter.


The session on “Drug-Target Residence Time” organised by EFMC at the ACS symposium in Anaheim on March 25, 2011 was a big success. About 500 participants attented the session with contributions from Robert Copeland, Koen Augustyns, Peter J. Tonge, Juswinder Singh, David Millan and Daniel Rauh.



Gabriele Costantino
Univ. of Parma, IT

Editorial Committee

Erden Banoglu
Gazi Univ., TR

Lucija Peterlin Masic
Univ. of Ljubljana, SI

Leonardo Scapozza
Univ. of Geneve, CH

Wolfgang Sippl
Univ. Halle-Wittenberg, DE

Sarah Skerratt
Pfizer, Sandwich, UK

Executive Committee

Gerhard F. Ecker President
Roberto Pellicciari Past Pres.
Koen Augustyns Secretary
Rasmus P. Clausen Treasurer
Javier Fernandez Member
Mark Bunnage Member
Peter Matuys Member

For more information please contact info@efmc.info