Monthly Newsletter July 2016

EFMC-ISMC 2016 - XXIV EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry, August 28 - September 1, 2016, Manchester, UK

The XXIV EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2016) is organised by the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) of the RSC, on behalf of the EFMC. The 2016 edition will continue the tradition of covering recent progress in drug research in major therapeutic areas, including the treatment of pain, CNS disorders, infections, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.


Check the final Scientific Programme of EFMC-ISMC 2016 which will cover the latest results in medicinal chemistry.

Here just some key highlights:

  • A plenary session with four first time disclosures from AZ, GSK, MSD & Roche
  • Latest advances in synthesis for medicinal chemists will be presented
  • New leads for drug discovery: DNA-encoded libraries and HTS strategies
  • New Antibacterials, Metallo-beta lactamases, Trojan-horse strategies
  • Latest GPCR research – attend the presentations on allosterics, immunotherapy, fatty-acid receptors and inhaled drugs.

Company workshops will be organised during the lunch breaks. Two Poster Sessions with drinks will take place on August 29 and 30, in addition to Flash Poster Presentations!


  • Registration: Don't wait any longer and Register now

  • Accommodation: Visit Manchester is the official accommodation booking provider for the XXIV EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry 2016. This accommodation website offers specially negotiated accommodation rates and will be open until 31st July 2016; however early booking is recommended to ensure you are able to book your preferred hotel.

  • How to Get to Manchester: check the list of direct flights to Manchester on the symposium website!

Complete information is available on, updated on a regular basis.

EFMC-YMCS 2016 - 3rd EFMC Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium Manchester, UK - September 1-2, 2016

In connection with EFMC-ISMC 2016, the EFMC organises the third edition of the EFMC Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium which will take place on September 1-2 at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (University of Manchester). This Symposium is open to any scientist interested by the topics related to Medicinal Chemistry.

Due to this connection, the participants registered to EFMC-ISMC 2016 can benefit from a special rate for their participation in EFMC-YMCS 2016, and students can register for free!


Check the scientific programme of the 3rd EFMC Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium!

The programme will also include:

  • A poster session open to any young researcher submitting an abstract
  • An exhibition
  • EFMC-YMCS Prizes

Find out more on

21st European Symposium on Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (EuroQSAR) - Verona, Italy - September 4-8, 2016

The EuroQSAR Symposia have been taking place since 1973 and constitute major scientific events in the field of computational drug design, with further applications in agricultural and environmental sciences. The 21st EuroQSAR 2016 symposium will highlight the importance of atomistic and molecular simulations in drug discovery.


The final scientific programme of the Symposium includes 12 plenary lectures, 9 keynote lectures, 27 oral communications selected from the submitted abstracts. Have a look at the final Scientific Programme here!

The programme will be completed by poster presentations and a commercial exhibition. The conference proceedings will be published in a special issue of the ACS journal, "Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling".

Find out more about the Speakers' presentation titles and biographies.

The deadline to submit abstracts is now passed but it it still possible to register! Join the 400 participants already registered!

Register now


The EuroQSAR Symposia Serie has now its own LinkedIn page. Follow the page and share with your colleagues!

For more information, visit the regularly updated web site:

XXIV National Meeting in Medicinal Chemistry/NPCF10 - September 11-14, 2016 - Perugia, Italy

The XXIV NMMC offers an exciting chance to debate future changes and to provide topical coverage of key disciplines, and to explore for cooperation and collaborations. Moreover, this meeting will be joint with the 10th Young Medicinal Chemists Symposium “Nuove Prospettive in Chimica Farmaceutica” (NPCF10), directed to graduate, post-graduate, PhD students and young researchers operating in University or Industry.

The program will include Plenary and Keynote Lectures, as well as oral and poster presentations. Participation of young researchers, both from Industry and University, will be strongly facilitated by low registration fee and fair lodging possibility.

Great opportunities to meet colleagues in informal discussions will be made easy by an attractive location, taking advantage of the features of Perugia: a city offering a multitude of cultural, historical and artistic attractions, all at walking distance from the Symposium venue.

A number of about 400 delegates (both from University and Industry) from Italy and other countries are expected to attend the Symposia.

The scientific programme will include:

  • three days of scientific presentations;
  • plenary lectures of eminent international scientists;
  • parallel sessions with keynote, oral and flash communications;
  • poster sessions;
  • an exhibition by companies working in the field.

Frontiers in Antibiotic Drug Discovery (FiADD) - September, 14-15 2016 - Stockholm, Sweden

The symposium is organized jointly by the Medicinal Chemistry Section of the Swedish Pharmaceutical Society and ENABLE, one of the projects in the Innovative Medicines Initiative ND4BB, to showcase the future and opportunities for antibiotic drug discovery in a stimulating environment. It is also designed to provide plenty of opportunities to meet other delegates, renew friendships and foster new contacts.

This symposium should be highly interesting for scientists, representatives from SMEs and the pharmaceutical industry working in the field of antibacterial drug discovery. The aims are to look into the future, at where and how new antibiotics will be discovered, and to discuss the challenges that need to be addressed in developing them. The lectures will be given by leading international scientists in the field. There will also be a poster session where we encourage scientists and company representatives to present and pitch their latest antibacterial research.

For questions regarding the program, please contact Carlos Vaca Falconi, and for organizational questions, Jenny Hagberg,


News from the Division Medicinal Chemistry, Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV)

The Nauta Chair 2016 has been appointed to Herbert Waldmann, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology and Professor of Organic Chemistry at the TU Dortmund University (Germany).


The Nauta Foundation (Stichting Prof. Dr. W. Th. Nauta Fonds) installed the Nauta Chair in 1992 to award outstanding researchers in Medicinal Chemistry and related fields. The Amsterdam Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems of the VU University announces that the Nauta Chair 2016 has been appointed to Herbert Waldmann, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology and Professor of Organic Chemistry at the TU Dortmund University (Germany). His research interests lie in the syntheses of signal transduction modulators and the syntheses of natural product inspired compound libraries and their biological evaluation. He is a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina and authored more than 500 scientific publications. The Nauta Chair appointment involves a plenary lecture and Nauta Master Classes on: “The Chemistry-Biology Interface: Merging Organic Chemistry and Biology to Inspire Drug Discovery” (Time: September 26 – 29, 2016, Location: VU University Amsterdam). Participation in Nauta Master Classes is free of charge but registration is required:

News from the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

The BMCS is pleased to announce "Plugging the Antibiotics Gap: a medicinal chemist's perspective" that will take place on 16th November 2016 at Manchester Science Park, Alderley Park, Manchester, UK.

Synopsis:† Sustained under-investment in antimicrobials has led to a severe shortage of new drugs for treating infection. At a time when emerging antimicrobial resistance is decreasing the efficacy of existing treatments, it is more important than ever that we refresh the drug pipeline with new antimicrobials that act on new targets with novel modes of action.

Closing date for poster abstracts is 30th September




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