Free University of Brussels (ULB), PHARMED

Introduction to Drug Development - Discovery of Medicines

Practical Information

Commencing Date:
Brussels Belgium

Teaching Methodology:
Credits :

European Fees:
1000 EUR
Scholarship Possibilities:

Course Contact

Free University of Brussels (ULB), PHARMED

University Accreditation: Yes

Centre of Excellence


Courses - Setting the scene: the context of drug development, Marc Czarka (HM3A) - Planning the development of new drugs, Jean-Pierre Tassignon (Crossover) - Overview of the development of a biological product: the story of denosumab, Hilde Van Vannerom, Jo Van der Veken & Hilde De Winter (Amgen) - Drug design, François Dufrasne (ULB) - Ligand receptor interactions, Michel Gillard (UCB Pharma) - High throughput screening using recombinant receptors, Vincent Dupriez (Perkin-Elmer Life Sciences) - Testing new compounds in animals, Aurore Colomar (UCB Pharma) - Pharmacogenomics and personalized medicines, Jean-Marie Boeynaems (ULB) - Basic concepts of intellectual property, Jean-Marie Boeynaems (ULB)


Understanding of : - The process of drug development and identity of critical factors and decision points - The role of pathophysiology and molecular biology-based pharmacology in drug development - The management of a drug development programme, including resource planning

IMI Standards

  • A predefined set of teaching objectives, leading to defined learning outcomes
  • Assessment of the students' achievement in accordance with the agreed learning outcomes of the training offered
  • A system for collecting, assessing and addressing feedback from learners, teachers, technical / administrative staff and programme / course / module managers
  • Availability of appropriate and regularly reviewed reference material (e.g. published articles, links, book chapters, scripts, etc)
  • Defined and transparent admission criteria
  • Quality assurance of teaching staff
  • Regular review of the QA/QC process and demonstration that the training is further developed in light of this review
  • The facilities, infrastructure, leadership and competences available for the support of student learning
  • University accreditation OR a system for approving, monitoring and reviewing the training offered