The drug discovery process: development of a clinical candidate

A.Y. 2021/2022
Course offered to students on the PhD programme in
Overall hours
Lesson period
February 2022
Lead instructor: Giancarlo Aldini
This course aims at giving an overview of the protocols characterizing the stage of the clinical development of a candidate drug that emerged from the previous phases of the drug discovery process (hit identification, hit to lead, lead to clinical candidate), whose main features have been the subject of recent courses for PhD students in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Colleagues from companies, with a consolidated expertise in the field, will illustrate the relevant steps of the clinical development from the different, complementary viewpoints (synthetic and analytical medicinal chemistry, technology, pharmacology and toxicology, regulatory aspects). Selected case examples will also be presented and discussed.
Lessons are almost entirely organized with the contribution of colleagues coming from the industrial research world.
Therefore, the activation of the course is subject to reaching a minimum number of 10 PhD students.
Assessment methods
Giudizio di approvazione
Assessment result
superato/non superato
How to enrol


The course enrolment deadline is usually the 25th day of the month prior to the start date. More specifically:

  • 25 November 2021 for courses starting in December 2021
  • 27 December 2021 for courses starting in January 2022
  • 25 January 2022 for courses starting in February 2022.

Deadlines for enrolment in other courses will be announced as soon as possible.

How to enrol

  1. Access enrolment on PhD courses online service using your University login details
  2. Select the desired programme and click on Registration (Iscrizione) and then on Register (Iscriviti)

Ignore the option "Exam session date” that appears during the enrolment procedure.


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