Archived: Medicinal Chemistry

Date: 16 May - 20 May 2022

Location: Online Platform

Tutors: Dr David Clark, Dr Martin Swarbrick, Dr Paul Beswick , Dr Rachael White, Dr John Studley

We are delighted to be able to bring this popular course On Line, this two day course will be delivered over four afternoon sessions via an on line platform, the dates and times are as follows:

Monday May 16th | 2.00pm – 5.30pm BST
Tuesday May 17th | 2.00pm – 5.30pm BST
Wednesday May 18th 
| 2.00pm – 5.30pm BST
Thursday May 19th | 2.00pm – 5.30pm BST
Friday May 20th | 2.00pm – 5.30pm BST

Medicinal chemists need to understand the relationship between chemical structure and the physical properties of molecules and how this translates into compound stability and the interaction of the molecule with biological structures.  These biological targets include proteins, lipids, nucleic acids and cell membranes.  Interaction of the molecules with these targets affects the distribution of the compound in biological systems and modulates biological function.

To do this successfully the medicinal chemist needs to be aware of how target selection is carried out and how this effects lead generation.  The medicinal chemist needs knowledge of structure property relationships, the physico-chemical properties of drugs and how these molecules interact with the body– pharmacokinetics and ADME (Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism and Excretion).

The course also includes an overview of the use of computational chemistry in virtual screening and library design.  The lectures are backed up by a number of case studies and tutorial sessions, which involve the participants in using the concepts discussed.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction: Overview of drug discovery process, target selection in the post-genomic era
  • Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry, definitions, QSAR studies, drug receptors, physico-chemical properties
  • Physico-chemical properties of drugs, and implications for Absorption
  • Lead generation approaches
  • Lead generation using computational techniques: molecular recognition, structure- and ligand-based virtual screening, success stories
  • Molecular diversity and combinatorial design
  • Pharmacokinetics and ADME, with examples
  • Introduction to Lead Optimisation, Case Studies
  • Overview of some of the reasons for project failure, of Safety, in particular to its relationship to chemical structure and of critical issues in Drug Development
  • Intellectual property issues related to drug discovery
  • What happens next? – a (very) brief overview of process development issues

Benefits of Attending

  • An understanding of how biological disease targets are selected.
  • An insight into the terms, definitions and analysis methods used by
    medicinal chemists in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • An introductory knowledge of Pharmacokinetics and ADME
    (Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism and Excretion) and how
    physicochemical properties influence absorption.
  • An introduction to the use of computational chemistry including
    pharmacophore generation, virtual screening and library design.
  • An overview of safety assessment and how chemical structure
    relates to safety.


Who Should Attend

  • Young chemists who have just started in industry as medicinal chemists.
  • Experienced medicinal chemists who wish to gain additional knowledge on how to obtain compounds with optimal drug-like properties and get up to date with the latest thinking.
  • Chemists from other areas of Research and Development who would like to gain an appreciation of the processes and drivers involved in drug discovery.
  • Students who are planning a career in industry and can obtain company sponsorship

What's Included

The course fee includes:

  • Link to watch all five live sessions
  • Electronic version of the course manual*
  • Course certificate

For this on line course, there will be no recordings available and *the e reader manual is NOT printable or downloadable (due to copyright).  If you prefer a hard copy of the manual you will have the opportunity of purchasing a professionally printed hard copy during the booking process.


Medicinal Chemistry Online Delegate 2021

I have no comments. From my point of view this course was very well organized, the quality of the course and the speakers was very good and it covered my needs. It was exactly what I expected. This course was very formative and useful for my future career with direct application in my daily work. I would highly recommend this course to any medicinal chemist working in a pharma company.

Medicinal Chemistry Online Delegate 2021

A really useful course that covered a wide range of topics


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