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Course Overview

Are you interested in learning about the process of drug development and commercialization? Understanding these domains has important implications for anyone currently working or considering employment in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry and health care sector. This unique online course offers a way for students to learn from faculty at the University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as from industry practitioners about how drugs are developed and marketed. 

Module Topics
Module: Presented by:
Pharmacotherapy and Diseases Andrew Willeford, PharmD, PhD
Pharmaceutics for Small Molecules and Macromolecules Chantal Reed, PhD
The Regulatory Environment  Williams Ettouati, PharmD, MA
Clinical Trial Development Joseph Ma, PharmD
Health Outcomes Evidence Raphael Cuomo, PhD, MPH
Marketing Strategy and Life Cycle Management  Williams Ettouati, PharmD, MA
Pharmacoeconomics and Product Value Dilesh Doshi, PharmD
Biologic and Biosimilar Development  Joseph Ma, PharmD
Managed Markets and Pharmacy Benefits Anne Petrie, MBA
Intellectual Property in the Life Science Industry William Evans, Esq. 
Peter Kang, Esq. 
Entrepreneurship  Williams Ettouati, PharmD, MA
Corporate Law in the Life Science Industry Cindy Nguyen, PharmD, JD

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, students will: 

  • AQUIRE insights into multiple areas including regulatory, clinical, health economics, marketing, pharmacoeconomics, managed care, intellectual property and entrepreneurship as it relates to the life science industry.
  • GAIN a better understanding of the complex landscape of the drug development process from pre-clinical to patient. 
Who Should Attend?
  • Undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in learning about the drug development landscape
  • Individuals working in the life science industry and health care professionals
  • Professionals making a potential career transition into the healthcare industry
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to launch a new drug product in the U.S. healthcare market
  • Companies in need of training employees and new hires on the entire process of developing pharmaceuticals and biotechnology drugs

This course is offered in an online asynchronous format. There are no set meeting times. Please note that this course is entirely self-paced. Modules are released every two weeks. 

This course is a non-credit bearing course and it is not part of a degree-granting program. Upon completion of this course, students will receive a certificate of completion. If students are interested in pursuing a graduate program, they may learn more about UC San Diego's Master's program in Drug Development & Product Management by visting this page: UCSD DDPM.  

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Course Number: BIOL-80007
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)

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