medicinal chemistry

Who we are - what we do

The GDCh Division of Medicinal Chemistry has existed since 1971. Its approximately 850 members are active in university institutes, other research institutions and in the pharmaceutical industry. The Division aims to build a bridge between chemistry, biology, medicine, pharmacy, computer science and engineering. It deals with questions of modern drug development across all areas, in particular the discovery of active ingredients, the optimization of lead substances with the inclusion of modern technologies such as combinatorial synthesis, high-throughput screening systems based on molecular biological principles, drug design, molecular modeling, quantitative structure / effect analyzes, pharmacokinetics and metabolism.

Medicinal chemistry describes a modern, multidisciplinary field of research. It uses the latest scientific findings in biology and chemistry for the targeted production of active substances and thus makes a decisive contribution to the development of innovative drugs.

The Division cultivates the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and promotes medicinal chemistry, which is not established as a subject in Germany


  • Organization of Conferences and advanced training courses, also together with the GDCh Division of Biochemistry, the German Pharmaceutical Society and the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC),
  • Promotion of the cooperation between the Divisions of the GDCh and the German Pharmaceutical Society as well as between the university and the pharmaceutical industry.

It promotes and supports the next generation of academics and ensures their professional development


  • Further training events, awarding of scholarships for participation in specialist group conferences and symposia,
  • Award of doctoral prizes,
  • Awarding of a young talent award to honor special innovations in medicinal chemistry together with the "Pharmaceutical Chemistry" Division of the German Pharmaceutical Society.

The Division of Medicinal Chemistry is committed to providing good training for German chemistry and pharmacy students in order to maintain Germany as a pharmaceutical research location.

Together with the German Pharmaceutical Society, it publishes the pharmacy Archive, the oldest German chemical journal.


Online seminars
of the FG MedChem


Online seminars of the EFMC-YSN

Training Med Chem

Current training courses for 2021 can be found here




GDCh Office
Dr. Carina S. Kniep
Tel .: +49 69 7917-499

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last modified: 22.09.2021 14:23 H from C.Kniep