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Advances in chemistry, biology, biophysics and engineering have increased efficiency in screening
compounds for drug-like activity. We will discuss screening methods for hit identification and
lead optimization, including the interaction of medicinal chemistry with the screening process, as
well as new approaches to biological models for drug discovery. Learn both the conceptual and
current methodology being utilized in the discovery of new targets for drug intervention. The
particular topics to be discussed include: the concepts of target identification and validation; in
vitro and in vivo techniques; how this approach is driving present drug discovery efforts;
pharmaceutical companies’ new potential pharmacological targets; historical prospective of the
evolution of TI/TV efforts; and the emphasis of the paradigm shift to gene-derived targets.

Course Number: BIOL-40331
Credit: 2.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Drug Discovery and Development