Pharmaceutical Development: From Drug Lead to Drug Product

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Two-week short-course on pharmaceutical development this summer May 27 – June 9, 2014 for graduate students and postdocs from Georgia Tech and other Atlanta-area universities (Emory, Mercer, Georgia State).

This course was first offered in 2012, read about it here.

Mark Prausnitz and Andy Bommarius with co-instructors and guest lecturers from Atlanta-area companies and universities

  • Prerequisites: Graduate standing with intent to pursue a PhD focused on pharmaceutical research.
  • Course credit: 3 units
  • Course meeting time: 9 AM – 5 PM on May 27, 28, 29, 30; June 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9
  • Course meeting location: Georgia Tech campus
  • Course number: CHBE 8803 (Georgia Tech); course numbers are being set up at Mercer, Emory, GSU

Course Description
Doctoral students from biochemistry, bioengineering, pharmacology, pharmacy, and other fields will work as part of interdisciplinary teams to simulate the drug development process starting with a druggable lead and ending with a report to “upper management” giving the scientific and business plan for development into an approved drug product. The course will follow an intensive, all-day, short-course format for ten consecutive weekdays with faculty lectures and student project teamwork. The goal of the course is to teach students the multifaceted process needed to bring a drug from concept to market in the context of open-ended, student-driven, collaborative projects addressing real-world problems in pharmaceutical development. 

Course syllabus

May 27 - Introduction to class and pharmaceutical development, Project teamwork and communication

May 28 - From drug lead to drug molecule

May 29 - Target indication, patient population

May 30 - Drug manufacturing scale up and GMP

June 2 - Formulation, route of administration, drug delivery systems

June 3 - Design of IND-enabling studies: CMC, PK/PD and toxicology

June 4 - Clinical trial design

June 5 - Pharmaceutical marketing

June 6 - Oral presentations and reports / business plan

June 9 - Final presentations

Please contact Mark Prausnitz for a registration permit or for more information.


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