Drug Discovery – University of Copenhagen

The course will give you a general comprehension of the elements involved in modern drug discovery from target discovery & validation, via ligand identification and optimization to animal disease models. The course will thus increase your knowledge of the drug discovery process and give you a basis to engage in qualified discussions with colleagues working in drug discovery.

Today, almost all drug discovery programs are directed towards design of either small molecules or biologics acting selectively at specific targets. This course will cover both biologics and small molecules.

As an initial step in drug discovery, the target involved in a given disease has to be identified and validated, which will subsequently lead to design of ligands acting selectively in a desired fashion at the target. Finally, the lead candidates have to show efficacy in relevant animal disease models before the final candidate can enter pre-clinical studies. In the current course we will focus on the target identification and validation as well as the lead optimization processes. 

Drug Discovery from both Industry and University perspective

The course consists of a mixture of lectures by a range of experts from the pharmaceutical industry and academia. You will thus gain knowledge integrating both theoretical and practical aspects. The course will include a practical workshop and feature a symposium with international speakers, highlighting specific drug discovery cases. Speakers at the symposium include, among others, Dr. David Hackos, Genentech, US and Dr Sebastian Meyer, Numab, Switzerland.

At the course you will learn to:

  • demonstrate comprehension of target identification and validation methods and processes
  • demonstrate insight into lead optimization methods and processes
  • apply basic computational methods in the area of bioinformatics
  • conduct a valid scientific literature study in the area of drug discovery
  • write a scientifically based report on drug discovery aspects using scientific literature

Course dates

  • The course is not offered in the academic year 2018/19

Course fee

  • DKK 12,900 EU/EEA citizens
  • DKK 14,985 for non-EU/EEA citizens