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Diploma in Drug Development

Learn about biosynthesis and anti-ulcer drugs in drug development with this free online diploma course.

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This free online drug looks specifically at polyketide biosynthesis and anti-ulcer drugs as well as the role of organic chemistry in drug development. You will also learn about secondary metabolites, viruses, anti-viral drugs, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and QSAR (quantitative structure-activity relationship) principles. This course will be helpful to budding chemists, biochemists and chemical biologists.
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    10-15 Hours
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This course on polyketide biosynthesis and the development of anti-ulcer drugs starts with a concise discussion of secondary metabolites as well as the biosynthesis of macrolide polyketides in connection to erythromycin and their characteristic features. Next, you will be introduced to viruses and the design strategy of anti-viral drugs. This will follow with a look at the chemistry and biology of cancer, anticancer agents, aromatase inhibition and anti-ulcer drugs.

You will then be introduced to hypertension, which is a cholesterol-related illness and the biosynthesis of cholesterol. You will also be introduced to the next stage in the drug validation process after the preclinical trials, which is the study of the drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics properties as well as QSAR (quantitative structure-activity relationship) principles and their importance.

This course will be of great interest to professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry such as chemists, biochemists, chemical biologists and pharmacists. It will equally benefit any learner who would like to have a career in the pharmaceutical sector. So, check out the course now and kickstart an exciting career in the field of drug development today.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this module, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish primary metabolites from secondary metabolites

  • Explain the characteristic feature of polyketides or secondary metabolites

  • Discuss the two major classes of polyketide synthase

  • Discuss the mechanism of action of DNA virus, RNA virus, and retrovirus

  • Explain why it is difficult to get a cure for cancer

  • Discuss the steps involved in the development of anticancer drugs

  • Discuss how DNA can be the drug target

  • State the steps to follow in order to develop a much better antacid which will be targeting the actual cause of the hyperacidity

  • State the importance of the QSAR principle

  • Discuss pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and how they are determined

  • State the importance of the QSAR principle


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