Capps Green Zomaya Award


The Capps Green Zomaya Award recognises work in medicinal or computational medicinal chemistry.

The Award was established by Celltech, GlaxoSmithKline, NicOx and Vernalis, and is now independently administered by the Biological and Medicinal Chemicals Sector (BMCS) of the RSC in conjunction with the Capps Green Zomaya Trust.

Capps Green Zomaya Memorial Award 2020
The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector of the Royal Society of Chemistry is pleased to invite nominations for the ninth Capps Green Zomaya Memorial Award in medicinal or computational chemistry.
The Award will be given to the individual judged to have made important contributions to the discovery or development of new medicines. Nominations are invited for candidates, up to the age of 40, working in UK or international laboratories (candidate over the age of 40, who have taken career breaks, will be considered).
A Royal Society of Chemistry commemorative medal and certificate will be awarded to accompany the prize of 2,000.
Nominations should be submitted by 31st October 2019 to:
Maggi Churchouse, RSC-BMCS Secretariat, 3 East Barn, Market Weston Road, Thelnetham, Diss, IP22 1JJ, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1359 221004
Email: maggi@maggichurchouseevents.co.uk


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2018 Winners

Capps Green Zomaya Award 2018 Winners

Dr James Crawford, Genentech and Dr Richard Ward, AstraZeneca

General information


  • Run biennially
  • The winner receives 2000, a certificate and a medal   
  • The winner is invited to give the 'Capps Green Zomaya Memorial Lecture' at the East of England Medicinal Chemistry Symposium in April 2020  
  • The winner will be chosen by an independent panel of senior chemists, selected by the Committee of the RSC Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) and the Capps Green Zomaya Trust 

Guidelines for Nominators


  • Nominations open on 01 March 2019
  • Nominations close on 31 October 2019 
  • Open to RSC members and non-members
  • Open to both UK and International scientists
  • Self-nominations are accepted
  • Candidates must be 40 years old or below on 31 October 2019.  The age specified is intended to guide nominators and selection panelists; appropriate consideration will be given to those who have taken career breaks or followed different study paths.  
  • When nominating recent Award and Prize winners, please remember that a person cannot be rewarded twice for substantially the same body of work

Previous Winners

Previous Winners of the Capps Green Zomaya Award

2004 - present

History of the Award


This Award was founded in 2002 in memory of the chemists Nigel Capps, Richard Green and Alex Zomaya to recognise outstanding contributions to medicinal or computational medicinal chemistry.

It is run by the RSC Biological and Medicinal Chemicals Sector (BMCS) in conjunction with the Capps Green Zomaya Trust.

Winners of the award are invited to give the Capps Green Zomaya Memorial lecture at the East of England Medicinal Chemistry Symposium held in April each year.