The establishment of the division of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry within the ICI represents a fundamental step in our disciplines and will allow us a stronger support of medicinal and biological chemistry in Ireland (north and south). This will be strongly enhanced by becoming members of the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology.
The aim of our Division of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry is to promote the fields of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry among academic and industry researchers in Ireland by encouraging collaborations within the island and to enhance the innovative potential of the Irish-based research groups.
Considering the large number of pharmaceutical companies with operative sites in Ireland (north and south), the number of researchers working in both fields in Irish Universities as well as the successful degrees in Medicinal/Biological Chemistry being developed by several of our universities, one of our most important objectives is the organization of biannual meetings to bring high level international speakers and showcase the research carried out in Ireland.
Additionally, we aim at creating networking opportunities among researchers (both from academy and industry) based in Ireland. These networking events are meant to foster the establishment of new collaborations, to better exploit the existing research potential and to evaluate dormant synergies. Furthermore, we want to increase the visibility of Irish Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology Research internationally, in order to foster new ideas and collaborations, and thereby create the foundation for collaborative projects to apply for exchequer funding from the European Union and international funding sources.