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Small Molecule Drug Discovery Primer 101

Small Molecule Drug Discovery Primer 101 teaches the essential steps to finding and bringing new compounds to market. From identifying potential drug targets to optimizing lead compounds, this class demonstrates how scientists refine small molecule drugs before they undergo preclinical and clinical trials. Discover how proven techniques like computational modeling, in vitro testing, and animal studies are crucial in identifying promising medicinal options. Don’t miss this opportunity to become conversant in the fast-paced world of pharmaceutical research!

Section 1: Introduction to Drug Discovery

Learn about various types of drugs, defining drug targets and candidates. Explore small molecule drug characteristics, understand drug efficacy vs. effectiveness, and examine drug discovery costs and success rates. Dive into the drug discovery workflow and stages of drug development.

Section 2: Drug Targets

Discover the process of drug target identification, from in silico and in vitro testing to genetic evaluation. Learn how to choose and validate a target, explore RNAi testing, and understand the importance of reproducibility in this essential primer.

Section 3: Drug Candidates

Learn the critical steps in drug candidate identification, including high throughput screening and computer-aided drug design. Understand the selection of lead candidates, their desirable characteristics, and the optimization process in the journey from drug discovery to preclinical development.

Five Takeaways


  1. Define the terms drug target, drug candidate, and small molecule drug.
  2. Acquire a foundational understanding of the drug discovery process for small molecules.
  3. Compare and contrast the most common drug targets exploited by the pharmaceutical industry.
  4. Gain insights into the known methods of identifying, validating, and selecting a drug target.
  5. State the importance of identifying, validating, optimizing, and selecting a drug candidate.


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  • Transcripts in English, Spanish, French, French Canadian, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Standard Arabic
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  • How long do I have to complete an on-demand course?  You have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course. During that year, you may watch the class an unlimited number of times.
  • What happens if I don’t complete the course in one year?  There are no time extensions. If you want to complete the course, you must purchase it again.
  • How long are the on-demand classes?  Our longest course has a running time of 90 minutes. However, most have a running time of 45 minutes.  The running time is listed for each class on its registration page. The assessment at the end of each course takes between 10-20 minutes to complete.
  • Are there any downloadable class materials? No. All course slides and transcripts remain on your Biotech Primer dashboard, but they are always available for review.
  • What is the format of the on-demand classes?  The online class begins with the class objectives and the course itself and ends with a summary of what you learned. The course is a series of images and text accompanied by a professional voice-over and subtitles. Subtitles are available in 9 languages. The course ends with a quiz to assess your understanding.
  • Can I repeat the course?  You can repeat the course as often as you like within your one-year access.
  • How many times can I take the course quiz?  You have three chances to pass the quiz. A passing score is 75% or higher. You must pass the quiz to receive the class certificate. Your quiz score will be shown on your class certificate.
  • May I share a course I purchased with others?  Each course is to be taken by one individual. If you want to learn as a group, please contact us at for group pricing.

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