Federation for Innovative Drug Research Netherlands (FIGON)

FIGON is the integrative platform for innovative drug research in the Netherlands. The Dutch Medicines Days is the conference where partners from Institutes, Industry, and Government can present their findings, share new scientific content and strengthen their network.

14-15 september 2020

Topic: Affordable & Sustainable Drug Development


Dear valued network of the FIGON Dutch Medicines Days,

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), a physical meeting on September 14 and 15 is not possible. The health and safety of our members, speakers and attendees is our number one priorty. Even in the midst of COVID-19, the work cannot stop – we must continue to meet, engage, learn and advance. Therefore, this year’s DMD edition will be organized virtually. As always with great attention to topicality and innovation.

The idea is to offer several (1-2 hour livestream) parallel and keynote sessions and time slots for the traditional poster and PhD competition and the Ariëns lecture spread out over the rest of this year.

Anke-Hilse Maitland – van der Zee, chairman of the FIGON will officially kick-off the virtual DMD on September 14 and /or 15 (TBD). She highlights the background of, and the challenges for, the FIGON. Followed by a keynote lecture by Clémence Ross-van Dorp, ambassador for the Life, Science & Health sector. Soon more information about registration for the virtual DMD 2020!

In the following weeks/ months, sessions are programmed that are organized by our FIGON partners. You have a chance to be part of this and we invite you to submit your abstract for an oral/poster presentation. You can upload your abstract by clicking the button below or via our website

This years theme is affordable and sustainable drug development. Many new developments are influencing innovation in our field. Big data and artificial intelligence (AI) open new doors in all stages from drug discovery to clinical practice. Other developments, such as options to intervene at the RNA level, quicker ways to screen promising small molecules, and the pressing need for new antibiotics all speed up innovation. These are exciting times in pharmaceutical sciences. Bringing together all bright minds in this field in the Netherlands – established as well as young researchers – the DMD will create momentum for innovation.

We’re confident this year will be no exception and we look forward welcoming you online at the virtual FIGON Dutch Medicines Days 2020

Soon more information about registration for the virtual DMD 2020!

Subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed about all our virtual meetings later this year. Let’s go virtual together and discuss this year’s theme Affordable & Sustainable Drug Development.

Abstract submission Abstract submission

Deadline abstract submission

Monday, August 31 (23.99 CET)



Please use the abstract template (Download template)


Abstract should be written in English




Associated dutch press media: Medicines

Medicines is an independent journal on drug research in the broadest sense of the word. Medicines provides news, backgrounds, interviews and opinions about the development of new medicines. This journal covers a variety of topics ranging from fundamental research to clinical studies, from policy to the shop floor, from opinions to hard facts, and from academy to start-ups and large pharmaceutical companies.
Medicines is published by for the Federation for Innovative Drug Research Netherlands (FIGON).

More information can be found on the website.