These are years of profound changes in the role that medicinal chemistry and medicinal chemists have in the drug discovery process. One of the aims of a learned society such as EFMC is to contribute to the formation of young medicinal chemists, with the hope that they will be not only able to cope with these changes, but also ready to drive and govern them. In this respect, the Education and Training Committee (ETC) of EFMC has commissioned to Sarah Houlton a survey on the state of the art of teaching and training medicinal chemistry in Europe, that we present here, with the introduction of Hein Coolen (chairman of the ETC committee), as a Perspective article.
The idea of the Perspective is to stimulate a debate, and we will be very willing to publish any further contribution that will come out from this.
This issue of MedChemWatch also contains a lab presentation, from Oliver Werz, University of Jena, and a SME presentation from Davide Madge, Xention (Cambidge, UK).
This issue of MedChemWatch will be out soon before the starting of the 22nd International Meeting of Medicinal Chemistry, Berlin, September 2-6. As the world’s largest meeting in medicinal chemistry, the ISMC will be the optimal place to meet colleagues and to share high quality science.
Looking forward to meet you in Berlin!