Increasingly, scientists across disciplines in leading research institutions, and small and medium-sized companies are expanding from their strength into early-stage drug discovery. However, this transition requires successfully combining multiple disciplines including biochemistry, medicinal and computational chemistry, pharmacokinetics, pharmacology and project management, the breadth of which can present organisational, knowledge and competence challenges for institutions and investigators.

This biennial lecture- and discussion-based course is highly interactive and provides scientists of all disciplines with a broad introduction to the theoretical, practical and organisational aspects of small molecule drug discovery.

Each topic-based lecture mixes presentations with discussion sessions and case histories to develop the key aspects highlighted in the talk. Additional discussion-based practical sessions will build on the lectures to illustrate the strategic planning of drug discovery programmes, including the development of target product profiles, compound progression criteria and scientific strategy.

Feedback from the 2016 course

"Great opportunity to meet participants from across the globe, some of whom may become collaborators or colleagues!!"
"Thanks for a great course. My first at Wellcome and if all are run like this I will be coming back for more!"
"Thank you for giving me the rare opportunity to learn from experts in the field. The distilled wisdom gained from the life long experience of the experts is highly beneficial for my future work and decision making processes."
"Great, well run course. Thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot."
"Wish to thank the organizers for providing me with this opportunity to attend this fantastic course!"
"The course was outstanding and provided the perfect entry point into the drug discovery process."
"The course is beyond expectation."
"Fantastic course -- very well run with outstanding lectures."

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