10.547J / 7.547J / 15.136J / HST.920J Principles and Practice of Drug Development

Fall 2005

Medical stents keep hollow structures in the body open.
Medical stents are used to keep hollow structures in the body (such as veins and arteries) open. They can be designed to release a drug over a period of time to aid in their effectiveness. (Illustration courtesy of MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of readings.

Course Description

This course serves as a description and critical assessment of the major issues and stages of developing a pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical. Topics covered include drug discovery, preclinical development, clinical investigation, manufacturing and regulatory issues considered for small and large molecules, and economic and financial considerations of the drug development process. A multidisciplinary perspective is provided by the faculty, who represent clinical, life, and management sciences. Various industry guests also participate.
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Prof. Tom Allen
Prof. Charles Cooney
Dr. Stan Finkelstein
Dr. Robert Rubin
Prof. Anthony Sinskey

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session