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EFMC Yearbook 2022 is available

The official EFMC Yearbook 2022, "Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology in Europe" is a valuable resource for those interested in quickly finding information on all things EFMC, such as the activities and composition of Member Societies, Corporate Members and the initiatives and events of EFMC and its working groups.

Best Practices in Medicinal Chemistry Episode 3: Hit Generation is available!

Hit generation is a crucial step in the drug discovery process. Accessing high quality hits will greatly increase the speed and chance of success to identify drug candidates.

In this third webinar by the EFMC Best Practices in Medicinal Chemistry Working Group, we present current approaches to generate and validate hits. We also highlight the importance of having an integrated strategy combining several approaches.

We hope this will help students, early career professionals as well as experienced researchers to get an overview of possible approaches and how to design a successful hit generation campaign. In addition, this may serve to enrich teaching material at universities and companies.

The webinar is accompanied with a case study from the recent literature highlighting several hit generation strategies.

EFMC Honorary Fellows 2022 - Call for Nominations

This life-long title and associated medal aim to recognise individuals who have provided outstanding support to the EFMC and contributed in strengthening the position of medicinal chemistry, chemical biology or related fields in Europe.

Nominations can be submitted until January 31, 2022, and should include:

  • Brief curriculum of the nominee
  • Statement of the documented facts supporting the nomination, summarizing scientific achievements and support of EFMC activities. (maximum two pages)
  • Two seconding nomination letters

Self-nominations are not accepted. There are no age restrictions, and nominees may have an academic or industrial background. Nominees should be European residents or have spent a considerable proportion of their career in Europe.

The award ceremony will take place during the opening of the XXVII EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2022), scheduled to take place in Nice, France on September 4-8, 2022. Appointed Honorary Fellows will be invited to attend the meeting and receive their recognition on stage.

More information and nominations on www.efmc.info/honorary-fellows.

EFMC Awards 2022 - Call for Nominations

To acknowledge outstanding achievements in the field of Medicinal Chemistry, EFMC confers every two years three Awards.

All 3 awards consist of a diploma, € 7.500 and an invitation to give a headline presentation at EFMC-ISMC 2022.

Deadline: January 31, 2022

The 2022 Awards will be presented at the XXVII EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2022) to be held in Nice, France on September 4-8, 2022.

Nominations for these Awards consist of a nomination letter, a brief CV including a list of selected publications and two supporting letters. Self-nominations are also accepted. The nominations should be submitted to Prof. Rui Moreira, President of the EFMC, via the following link.

EFMC Prizes 2022 - Call for Nominations

To acknowledge and recognise outstanding young medicinal chemists (≤ 12 years after PhD) working in European industry and academia.

The two Prizes consists of a diploma€ 1.000 and an invitation for a short presentation at an EFMC symposium.

Deadline: January 31, 2022

The prize-winners  will be invited to give oral communications at the XXVII EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2022).

EFMC-ISMC 2021 - Best Poster Prizes Announced

More than 270 posters were submitted at the occasion of the XXVI EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2021). The jury took its time to screen them all and to exchange with the authors via the networking tool of the virtual conference center.

The below 8 winners were awarded an "EFMC Best Poster Prize", sponsored by ChemMedChem/ChemBioChem.

  • C008: Raphael STEIMBACH (German Cancer Research Center, DE)
  • E003: Piermichele KOBAURI (University of Groningen, NL)
  • M038: Katherine MACFARLANE (University of Strathclyde, UK)
  • M041: Sarah MEMARZADEH (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • R012: Hippolyte PERSONNE (University of Bern, CH)
  • V001: Eleen LAUL (University of Zurich, CH)
  • T034: Stefano SAINAS (University of Torino, IT)
  • X001: Christina LAMERS (University of Basel, CH)

In addition 2 winners were awarded an "EFMC Best Poster Prize", sponsored by the International Chemical Biology Society (ICBS). 

  • C001: Marta BARNIOL-XICOTA (KU Leuven, BE)
  • Z028: Samo GUZELJ (University of Ljubljana, SI)

Congratulations to all of them!

EFMC Photo Competition 2021 - Winners announced

The Communication Team is delighted to announce the winner and two runners-up of the 2019 Photo Competition "Elements ofLife"

  • Translational science: Medchem to drug development - Mr Souvik Sarkar (Winner)
  • Drops of life; save the green - Mr Sengupta Pallabi (Runner-up)
  • Coral reef in a flask - The PharmaChemistry Team of Italian Institute of Technology (Runner-up)

We are delighted by another successful edition of the competition, which attracted 30 applications and 1250 online votes.

Congratulations to all the contestants for their participation! All the pictures will remain available on the EFMC website, and some will be displayed in the future editions of the MedChemBioWatch.  


MedChemWatch becomes MedChemBioWatch

Over the last two years, EFMC has developed a long-term vision for its role in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology, and has implemented a strong strategy to reinforce the support of the community it represents. This has led to changes in the scope of EFMC activities, now better uniting the chemical biology and medicinal chemistry community, and following the evolution of this scientific discipline.

It felt only natural for our monthly newsletter to become the column for both chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, aiming to share with you the relevant information about upcoming activities organised by the EFMC or its partners, for the benefit of the extended scientific community.

EFMC History Special Issue

To celebrate its golden jubilee, the EFMC has commissioned a series of articles charting its history, activities and future directions. We are most grateful to ChemMedChem for its support and publishing these articles.

With the contribution of Henk Timmerman in collecting his "Memoirs of the First 50 Years of the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry" and the extraordinary archivist efforts of Edmond Differding to gather and write both:

The EFMC is now able to look with pride over its history. 

A Job/PhD or Post-Doc position to offer in medicinal chemistry or chemical biology? Use the EFMC Job Portal

The posting of Job/PhD & Post-Doc offers is free and is available for any Med Chem related jobs, in industry as well as academic positions.

Job posting is now made even simplier, you only have to provide the URL of the job application. 

Once reviewed, the position will be available on the EFMC website and in the monthly newsletter "MedChemWatch".