Learning by Simulation

Drug Discovery Simulation

Practical Information

Commencing Date:
St. Michielsgestel Netherlands

Teaching Methodology:

European Fees:
3000 EUR
Scholarship Possibilities:

Course Contact

Nicole van Straten

+31 6 29024947


Learning by Simulation

University Accreditation: No

Individual Course


The Drug Discovery Simulation is a unique learning experience covering the entire drug discovery process. Participants work in a real life multidisciplinary team. They experience the 'regular' drug discovery process and they will also be surprised by unexpected events, opportunities, threats and daily trouble. The simulation starts with the identification of (novel) biological targets and runs through the target validation process via assay development, subsequent screening to identify hits amenable for optimization, all the way up to lead optimization. All required disciplines such as molecular biology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, toxicology and molecular design will be needed to select a drug candidate for full development. Expert trainers and faculty members will guide the participants through each stage with advice and set up regular meetings with 'management', where the team will present progress and report on reaching milestones. This course will run again on 6 October and 8 December 2014. Please see the website for more information.


1. To understand the drug discovery process and the role of disciplines in that process 2. To experience the interfaces and interactions between the different disciplines 3. To learn about results of actions and decisions to be taken at crucial points in the process 4. To learn to react on deviations and risks in the drug discovery environment

Covered Areas

Scientific Areas


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