Course Description

Drugs! Modern medicine depends on them. There are many prescription medications on the market approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a variety of illnesses, diseases, and symptoms; but not for all. Why is that? Join us to learn about drug discovery, drug development, and the commercialization of new medicines. We will cover a bit of the history and context that inform contemporary research and development efforts. We will explore the challenges of getting new medicines from test tube to bedside. Finally, we’ll look at what happens when a new medicine is “approved” and how the marketplace comes to bear in terms of who can be treated and what a medicine is worth. It is a nuanced journey, and, through this course, you will better understand the steps of the process and the challenges of getting lifesaving, life-enhancing drugs to those who need or can benefit from them. | Lecture + Q&A.
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Section Title
Bringing Forward New Medicines: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Please note: The two recommended books are for those interested in additional background information. We will not directly discuss these in class.

Recommended reading:

Barry Werth, The Billion Dollar Molecule: One Company's Quest for the Perfect Drug (9780671510572)

Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (9781400052189)