Biological & Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS)

Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit Royal Society of Chemistry members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the RSC's strategy and charter.


BMCS aims to further the interests of all members of the Royal Society of Chemistry, both industrial and academic, involved in the pursuit and understanding of biologically active molecules.

The predominant areas include:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • agrochemicals
  • flavours
  • fragrances   


  • Public promotion of the crucial role played by chemistry in the modern industrial environment.
  • Organisation of scientific meetings and symposia.
  • Support for educational activities in the UK.
  • Advising the Royal Society of Chemistry on policies that directly affect the BMCS.   


We also have an online community, which is based on MyRSC, for anyone who shares our interests.

Get Involved

We are always looking for new members who are keen to get involved and to help organise our activities. If you would like to find out more please contact the Secretary.

Malcolm Campbell Memorial Award

This is an interest group award administered by the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector.

Capps Green Zomaya Award

This is an interest group award administered by the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector and the Capps Green Zomaya Trust.

BMCS Lectureship

Launched in 2014 the BMCS Lectureship recognizes those who have made a significant advance in the subject through developing new products or methods.

The RSC-BMCS International Travel Prize 2020

The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) is pleased to announce it will be offering a number of Travel Awards for use in 2020 of up to £1,500 in value to post-graduate students currently enrolled in research programmes (PhD or Masters) in UK institutions. 

The purpose of the Travel Awards is to support the attendance of the student at an international scientific meeting of their choice, in the area of organic, biological or medicinal chemistry, through funding wholly, or in part, of registration, accommodation and travel costs. The Travel Awards will be awarded on a competitive basis to students who complete the application process and are subsequently selected by the BMCS committee.

Successful applicants will be also expected to present their work, in either oral or poster form, at the meeting for which the Travel Award has been awarded, or at an appropriate RSC/BMCS organised meeting. Successful applicants will also receive a certificate to indicate their winning of one of these prestigious Travel Prizes. The prizes should be taken up in 2019, and to that end applications should be submitted to the BMCS by Friday, 20th December 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 17th January 2020.

Submissions will only be accepted by use of the application form which can be obtained using the downloadable form below.

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The RSC-BMCS International Travel Prize 2019 - WINNERS

The RSC Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 BMCS Travel Award:

Alessia Gambardella, University of Edinburgh
Alex Pagett, University of Edinburgh
Amy Scorah, University of Oxford
Corentine Laurin, University of Oxford
Ellen Watts, Institute of Cancer Research
George Saunders, University of Warwick
Hannah Hayes, University of Edinburgh
Iain McKean, University of Strathclyde
Irini Skaripa-Koukelli, Oxford University
Jack Hardwick, University of Oxford
James Rossi-Ashton, University of York
Keishi Kohara, University of Cambridge
Liang Zhang, University of Manchester
Suzanne O’Connor, Institute of Cancer Research

The BMCS introduced the International Travel Prize programme in 2014 to help support, encourage and develop the training of next-generation research leaders. The winners receive funding of up to £1500 to support their attendance at, and travel to, high impact international conferences relevant to their projects. The judges, and all members of the BMCS committee, would like to congratulate the winners, and thank all participants for the excellence of their applications, the quality of which rises steadily and thereby presents a continuing challenge to the panel.

News January 2019

The Royal Society of Chemistry Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector is proud to announce Professor C Robin Ganellin FRS, Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at University College London.

as the inaugural inductee of RSC-BMCS Hall of Fame and winner of the associated Medal 2018. 

The Sector is also proud to announce that the Malcolm Campbell Memorial Prize for 2019 has been awarded to Dr Christopher W. Murray, Astex Pharmaceuticals, Dr Patrick Angibaud, Janssen-Cilag and Professor Herbie Newell, Northern Institute for Cancer Research (NICR), Newcastle University as representatives of the wider team who collaborated to discover and develop erdafitinib.

Join this Interest Group

If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and would like to join an Interest Group, please contact Membership Department using the email link below with:

  • your name
  • your membership number
  • state the name of the group you wish to join    

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Downloadable Files

2018 BMCS PhD Symposium Report
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2017 BMCS PhD Symposium Report
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Application form - BMCS International Travel Prize 2020
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Related Links

Link icon MyRSC Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Group
You will be required to register for MyRSC, then you can sign up to become a member of this group

Link icon The European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC)
The RSC BMCS is an adhering organisation of the EFMC.

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Contact and Further Information

Dr Stuart Cameron CChem FRSC
Concept Life Sciences, Frith Knoll Road, High Peak SK22 0PG

Membership Department
Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432 141