Drug Development Course 2019, 4th Edition

6 – 9 Oct 2019
Llafranc, Spain
Coordinators: Catarina Brito (Animal Cell Technology Unit, IBET/ITQB-UNL), Heinz Ruffner (Novartis), Hansjörg Hauser (HZI, Germany)

ESACT offers an introductory course to drug development, providing an overview of the field, offering basic aspects and pharmaceutical application.  It will be of interest for those starting research or development activity in drug development, both from academia and companies (lab managers, scientists, Post-Docs, PhD students and engineers). It is also of interest for those wishing an up-date of the state-of-the-art of drug development in a short course.

The course is planned in an intensive three-day schedule with a number of participants limited to 30 in order to facilitate the interaction among them and with the lecturers. Lecturers will stay for the entire course duration. A limited number of grants, covering the course fee (not travel cost), are provided by ESACT. Applicants to the grants should indicate it in the course application, together with a motivation statement. Priority will be given to young PhD students from academia.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Cellular assays for target identification/validation
  • Engineering cells for drug screening and validation
  • Cell selection: primary cells, stem cells, organoids
  • Biochemical assays
  • Biomarkers
  • Animal models including PK/PD
  • Assays bridging in vitro and in vivo
  • Toxicology
  • Production of reproducible cell material & criteria
  • Assay automation
  • Data analysis and storage

Inquired lecturers: Catarina Brito (IBET, Portugal), Hansjörg Hauser (HZI, Germany), Reyk Horland (TissUse, Germany), Eberhard Krauß (VIB Headquarters, Belgium), Carsten Pieck (Merck, Germany), Heinz Ruffner (Novartis, Switzerland), Wolfgang Sommergruber (Boehringer Ingelheim RCV, Austria).

Download flyer with detailed information:  ESACT Drug-Development-Course 2019 → (coming soon)

Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

Catarina Brito
Animal Cell Technology Unit, IBET/ITQB-UNL
Apartado 12
2780-901 Oeiras, Portugal
Tel.: +351 21 44 69 434
Email: anabrito@ibet.pt

Heinz Ruffner
WSJ-Fabrikstrasse 22-4.025.1
CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
Tel +41 79 863 5219
Email: heinz.ruffner@novartis.com

Hansjörg Hauser
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)
Inhoffenstrasse 7
38124 Braunschweig, Germany
Tel.: +49 531 6181 5000
Email: hha@helmholtz-hzi.de

Contact for registration

Birgit Marckhgott
Email: office@esact.org



The course will be held in Hotel Terramar, a ***star hotel (http://www.hterramar.com) in a small town named Llafranc in the heart of Costa Brava, Girona, Spain. The hotel is right on a very nice sandy beach, providing a cozy and relaxing atmosphere for the participants. Weather in Llafranc at this time of the year is generally pleasant.

Travel information

Travel organization to the meeting site is of participants responsibility, ensuring their participation to the full Course. Access by road from Girona airport (30 min) or Barcelona airport (90 min) is suggested.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ONE BUS will be leaving from Barcelona airport at 14 h on Sunday, 30th September to drive participants to Hotel Terramar at Llafranc. On Wednesday 3rd October, ONE BUS will be leaving from Hotel Terramar at 15 h to drive participants to Barcelona airport. Participants should arrange their travelling accordingly or alternatively arrange for their transportation of their own.

Llafranc (Costa Brava)

Hotel Terramar

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