Medicinal chemistry is concerned with the design and synthesis of biologically active molecules. It aims at creating new chemical structures to better understand and influence physiological and/or pathological systems. Ultimately, it allows the discovery and optimization of novel drugs to address unmet medical needs.
Chemical biology is a broad discipline: EFMC considers the activities of chemical biology that deal with the design and synthesis of biologically active molecules, and their use to characterize biological systems, as part of a scientific continuum with medicinal chemistry.
The scope of EFMC therefore includes the development, characterization and use of chemical probes to study cellular processes, the optimization of chemical molecules into drug candidates, as well as the development of clinical imaging tracers for diagnostic purposes.