13 May 2024

Drug Discovery

Understand the elements involved in modern drug discovery. 

Drug Discovery

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.

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. 















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.

You will learn to:

  • demonstrate comprehension of target identification and validation methods and processes
  • demonstrate insight into lead optimization methods and processes
  • 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 details

Duration: 5 days on campus
Dates: 13-17 May 2024
Frequency Only available every second year
Place: University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Course fee:

EU/EEA citizens: 12,900 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens: 14,985 DKK

Fees may be subject to change in 2024

The fee includes lunch/coffee.

Payment conditions

Level and credit: Master course; 3 ECTS
Examination date: Please consult the exam schedule
Application deadline:  8 weeks prior to the first day of lectures
Admission: To be admitted, you must meet the admission criteria for Master of Industrial Drug Development

Course dates and application deadlines are announced via the  programme newsletter.
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