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The materials and information for this class can be found on Stellar.



Course Description


The stages in drug discovery and development begin with target identification and end with the submission of preclinical and clinical data to the regulatory authorities. Following identification of a lead compound, there is optimization of structures for pharmaceutical properties, bioavailability, and safety.

Subject relies on actual cases of drug development. A major goal is to analyze the cases and determine how the discovery and development process might be influenced by new and future technologies.