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Fundamental Principles of Drug Discovery (BS944)


The module will allow students the opportunity to study the fundamental principles of drug discovery and biotechnology. The primary aim is to present these fundamental principles in a way that is accessible to students from relatively diverse backgrounds. This will be achieved by detailed consideration of selected industrial/commercial case studies.


Principle learning Outcomes

A broad, integrated knowledge of drug discovery and how it relates to industry.
Critical assessment of the use of novel drug design techniques and their risk to the pharmaceutical industry.
Demonstration of knowledge of drug development for the treatment of common and rare diseases.
Critical assessment ofthe commercial advantages and disadvantages when selecting a new drug target.



Cell signalling
Cellular receptors
Second messengers
Drug discovery
GPCR signalling in yeast
Commercial applications.