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BS3013 Drug Discovery and Development, Biotechnology
This course is designed to tackle one of the most important issues in healthcare – the discovery and development of safe and effective drugs against diseases such as cancer, diabetes, neurological disorders and viral infections as well as for disease prevention and health improvement. It aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills that are in great need in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. This is an interdisciplinary course, combining chemistry with biology and pharmacology and dealing with both small-molecule drugs and biologics. It covers the basic concepts and principles of the three phases of drug action (pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics), the techniques and methods used in drug discovery and development (target identification and validation, lead discovery and optimization, preclinical and clinical trials), and specific topics on drugs acting on different classes of drug targets.
Drug discovery overview. General strategies and concepts, Drug target discovery and lead compound discovery, Pharmacokinetics, Drug metabolism and toxicology, Prodrug design; Pharmaceutics, Lead optimization and structure-activity relationship study (pharmacodynamics), Pharmaceutical biotechnology, Measurement of drug activity; techniques for measuring drug – target interactions, Drugs acting on various classes of drug targets, Specific topics on anticancer therapy.
Who Should Attend
Reasearchers working in academia and the local biotech industry
Eligibility Criteria
Diploma/Degree in Biological Sciences and equivalent with 2 years of related working experience
Date(s): 11 Jan 2021 to 07 May 2021
Time: Refer to Class and Exam Schedules
Venue: LT20
Closing Date of Registration: 30 Nov 2020
Course Fee Payable:(Inclusive of GST) Refer to the course fee table

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Academic Units (AU)
Number of AU: 3
Online Registration
Method of Payment
  1. Online Credit/Debit Card Payment (VISA and Mastercard only)
  2. Cash/Cheque/NETS payment at One-Stop@SAC (NTU Main Campus)
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Once payment is made, applicant is committed to the completion of course. Course fee refunds will not be considered.

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  3. Registration is non-transferable.
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