Nijmegen, Netherlands

Introduction to Preclinical Drug Discovery

when 5 July 2021 - 9 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 400

The course will be organized jointly by Radboud University (Nijmegen), Pivot Park Life Science campus (Oss) and HAN University of applied sciences (Nijmegen), covering the most important aspects of modern drug discovery.

A selection of the following subjects will be covered during the course:

1. principles and challenges of drug discovery;
2. different phases of drug discovery;
3. conventional and novel therapeutic modalities;
4. target identification and validation;
5. assay development and hit finding through high-throughput screening;
6. importance of hit triaging and validation of target engagement;
7. medicinal chemistry and hit & lead optimization;
8. ADMET, animal PoC;
9. IP generation.

The content of the lectures are designed by academic and industry experts in the field of early drug discovery and the course is a combination of lectures, seminars, group assignments and visits to companies active in pharmaceutical R&D located on Pivot Park Life Science Campus.

Course leader

Dr. Floris RutjesProfessor
Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Dr. Pedro Hermkens (General coordinator)
Lector Drug Discovery at HAN university of applied sciences

Dr. Saman Honarnejad
Director Drug Discovery, Pivot Park Screening Centre BV

Target group


This course is designed for individuals interested in drug discovery with a background in any of the life sciences, ranging from students with at least bachelor level to laboratory technicians, entrepreneurs and researchers employed by life sciences and/or chemical companies.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

1. Understand how drugs are discovered and developed
2. Understand in general terms the process of drug discovery (the different phases)
3. Understand the basic principles of medicinal chemistry
4. Understand the important factors for a molecule to become a drug

Fee info

EUR 400: Online fee
EUR 600: Campus fee


We offer several reduced fees.

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