Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

CMMC Symposium in Molecular Medicine

From Concepts to Clinic:
a New Era of Nucleic Acid Therapeutics

September 18 - 20, 2023 in Cologne, DE

Dear Colleagues - Dear Students - Dear Friends

We are delighted to announce the CMMC Symposium 2023 in Molecular Medicine – From Concepts to Clinic: a New Era of Nucleic Acid Therapeutics taking place on September 18 - 20, 2023 at the Medical Campus of the University in Cologne, Germany.

Nucleic acid-based compounds are highly target-specific and, compared to other classes of therapeutics, relatively simple to manufacture for therapeutic purposes. It is now the time to overcome the last hurdles towards the widespread application of this therapeutic opportunity in a growing number of diseases. This goal requires an in-depth understanding of the chemical, biological and clinical challenges in the field.

The CMMC Symposium 2023 - integrating the 37th Ernst Klenk Symposium - will address these challenges and provide insight into the state-of-the-art pharmaceutical development. We envision to bring newest knowledge of nucleic acid drug research together with basic principles and clinical implications with the hope to boost nucleic acid therapeutic research. The goal is to foster the process of diagnostics and therapeutics drug development through an enhancement of interdisciplinary exchange of physicians, clinician scientists, molecular biologists, bioinformatics, physics, and chemists among other life science disciplines.

The CMMC Symposium 2023  will bring together an outstanding and diverse group of scientists at the forefront of nucleic acid drug research who will share and discuss the latest advances in the following sessions:

These sessions will be rounded off by keynote lectures and we are honored to announce that Dr. Akshay Vaishnaw (Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, US) and Professor Markus Stoffel (ETH Zurich, Zurich, CH) have already confirmed to participate as keynote lecturers.

The detailed program including invited speakers per session is available here.

We are looking forward to welcoming you and interested members of your institution at the CMMC Symposium in September 2023.

Yours sincerely,
Michal R Schweiger (Inst. for Translational Epigenetics, UoC - DE)
Markus Stoffel (Dept. Biology, ETH Zurich - CH)
Roman-Ulrich Müller (Clinic II of Internal Medicine, UoC - DE)

The Chairs of the Scientific Organization Committee - CMMC Symposium 2023

Sanjay Mathur (Inst. for Inorganic Chemistry) - Holger Grüll (Dept. of Radiology) - Robert Hänsel-Hertsch (CMMC) - Stephanie Kath-Schorr (Inst. for Organic Chemistry) - Ines Neundorf (Inst. for Biochemistry) - Simon Pöpsel (CMMC) - Hien Nguyen (Clinic I for Internal Medicine) - Margarete Odenthal (Inst. for General Pathology) - Brunhilde Wirth (Institute of Human Genetics) - Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher (CMMC Symposium Organization) - Thomas Benzing (Chair of the CMMC)

The annual, international Symposia Series in Molecular Medicine is one key highlight at the biomedical and life science campus of the University of Cologne. Originally named ‘Ernst Klenk Symposia’, the series was renamed upon the 25th anniversary of the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne, and is now organized as the ‘CMMC Symposium in Molecular Medicine’. 2023 will be the 37th anniversary of this premier biomedical science meeting, which brings together over 400 national and international participants, including both Junior and Senior Faculty and other stakeholders from all over Europe and abroad.


Sustainability and climate protection are of the highest and most urgent importance.
The CMMC Symposium 2023 will also contribute to sustainability in some aspects.

  • we will go paperless – QR codes for program and poster abstract book
  •  food & drinks
    - we offer vegetarian or vegan food
    - we offer water (carbonated and non-carbonated) only in reusable bottles
    - we use water glasses and porcelain coffee cups and plates
  • waste separation - we separate plastic/recyclable (yellow), paper (blue) and residual (black) waste in garbage cans. Please check for the matching colour.
  • conference bags made of fabric (OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100)
  • re-using the name tags - please return your name badge on your last day of the symposium
  • good accessibility by train and public transport - you can reach Cologne from all over Germany and Europe by train. After reaching Cologne main station, you only need one streetcar to get to the venue.  Special offer from the “Deutsche Bahn”- please check “Information” on our website

Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne
University of Cologne
Dr. Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher and the CMMC-Office Team

Contact Bettina Kranz (zmmk-office[at] for questions related to

  • travel and/or hotel information
  • child care

For requesting a confirmation of your participation in the CMMC Symposium 2023 for organizing your travel grant from your institution, please contact Dr. Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher (debora.grosskopf-kroiher[at]


If you are interested in supporting the CMMC Symposium 2023  and/or if you have further questions, please contact Bettina Kranz (Sponsoring - CMMC Symposium 2023) zmmk-office[at]

Congratulation - Poster Awardees

The Poster Evaluation Committee honored the three best posters presented at the CMMC Symposium 2023. The awardees are:

Amarnath Bollu
Poster Title: Light-activated translation of mRNA in cells

Rentmeister Lab IDept. of Chemistry, Inst. of Biochemistry - University of Münster, DE

Julia Dietzsch
Poster Title: Tuning the spectroscopic performance of RNA aptamer atomic-specific mutations
Höbartner Lab I Institute for Organic Chemistry - University of Würzburg, DE

Marlene Gottschalk
Poster Title: Topical application of CCL22-specific aptamers as a treatment option to reduce allergic symptoms in contact hypersensitivity

Förster Lab I LIMES-Institute - University of Bonn, DE

Poster - CMMC Symposium 2023

We envision to bring together newest knowledge of nucleic acid drug research with basic principles and clinical implications with the hope to boost nucleic acid therapeutic research.
The Chairs of the Scientific Organization Committee - CMMC Symposium 2023

the industrial sponsors - CMMC Symposium 2023

Alnylam € 5.000,- • INTEGRA € 2.500,- • A&M Labor GmbH € 1.400,- • ABclonal € 800,- • Analytik Jena € 800,- • Bio-Rad € 800,- • Hamann Laborautomation € 800,- • LGC Genomics € 800,- • Macherey Nagel € 800,- • Merck € 800,- • Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co. KG € 800,- • Novogene € 800,- • Promega € 800,- • Proteintech € 800,- • QIAGEN € 800,- • Silantes € 800,- • LMS Consult - conference material

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