Free Online Course on Drug Discovery

Free Online Course on Drug Discovery
Certificate fee scholarship is available for this course.

Institution: University of California, San Diego
Start Date: June 25, 2018

Enrolment is now open for the new free online course named as “Drug Discovery” run by the University of California San Diego. This course brings you lectures from both faculty and industry experts.

In this course, you will learn the drug discovery process up to the filing of an Initial New Drug Application or IND. Each week you will learn the steps that a pharmaceutical or biotech company goes through to discover a new therapeutic drug. This course will begin on June 25, 2018.

Course Summary

  • Duration: 3 weeks
  • Commitment: 3-4 hours/week
  • Subject:  Life Sciences
  • Institution: University of California San Diego
  • Languages: English
  • Price: Free
  • Session:  June 25, 2018
  • Requirement:  None
  • Certificate Available: Yes

Who Developed the Course

The University of California San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn’t just acquired in the classroom—life is their laboratory.

Target Audience

This class is for professionals and students interested in better understanding the process of drug discovery in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry as well as anyone who wants to learn how new drugs are discovered.

Where Could This Lead You

After completing this course, you can apply for jobs in the given fields:

  • Biologist
  • Researcher

Get Extra Benefits

Get a verified certificate to highlight the knowledge and skills you acquire (₹2,605)

  • Official and approved-Get a certificate with the logo of the institution and the signature of a professor to show your achievements and increase your professional prospects
  • Easy to share-Add the certificate to your résumé or resume, or publish it directly on LinkedIn
  • Proven motivational measure-Give yourself an additional stimulus to complete the course

How to Join This Course

You can register yourself here.

Course Format

WEEK 1: Welcome!

Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry Landscape
In this module course lead, Dr. Williams Ettouati begins by giving a landscape overview of the Pharma and Biotechnology landscape.


  • Drug Discovery: Proteomics, Genomics
    This week the course will be hearing from Phillip Bourne, PhD. Dr. Bourne was, at the time of this recording, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Industrial Alliances in the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Since that time, he has been named the first Associate Director for Data Science at the United States National Institutes of Health.
  • Compound Selection & Preclinical Studies
    This week the course will hear from Ronald Christopher, Ph.D. Dr. Ronald Christopher, Vice President of Preclinical Trials at Arena Pharmaceuticals.


  • Challenges in Fragment-Based Drug Discovery for Protein Kinases
    In this module, you will hear from Stephen Burley, M.D., Ph.D. At the time of this recording,  Director of the Center for Integrative Proteomics at Rutgers University. He is now the Director of the Protein Data Bank and remains an Adjunct Professor at the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Key Concepts in Drug Delivery
    This module you hear from Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics, Brookie Best, Pharm. D., of UCSD’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the pharmaceutical and biotechnology market a changing landscape
  • Learn the major aspects of the drug discovery process, starting with target selection, to compound screening to designing lead candidates.
  • Recognize current modern drug discovery based on the lock-and-key theory, which attempts to use one single compound to hit one target to combat the related disease.
  • Increase understanding of the various drug discovery tools and methods that are used for finding, identifying and designing a new drug.
  • Define and understand the regulatory responsibilities for drug discovery to file an Investigational New Drug Application (IND).

Who Will You Learn With?

  • Williams S. Ettouati, Pharm.D: Director, Industrial Relations & Development; Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, N.S. Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Joseph D. Ma: Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


  • Importance of Course:  At the end of the course, you will gain a better understanding on how a drug is discovered in the lab before being tested in clinical trials and then launched in the marketplace.
  • Importance of Certificate: By the Certificate of Achievement you will be able to prove your success when applying for jobs or courses. You can display it on your LinkedIn or CV.

Detailed Information

For more information about the course, you may visit the Website.

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