Discovery and Development of Novel Therapeutics Course 2022, 6th Edition

Oct 9-13, 2022

Coordinators: Catarina Brito (Animal Cell Technology Unit, IBET/ITQB), Heinz Ruffner (Novartis), Hansjörg Hauser (HZI, Germany)

ESACT offers an introductory course to drug discovery, 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 discovery, both from academia and companies (lab managers, scientists, Post-Docs, Ph.D. students and engineers). It is also of interest for those wishing an up-date of the state-of-the-art of drug discovery in a short course.

The course is planned in an intensive 4-day schedule with the 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 Ph.D. 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

Confirmed lecturers: Catarina Brito (IBET, Portugal), Hansjörg Hauser (HZI, Germany), Carsten Pieck (Merck, Germany), Nikunj Somia (University of Minnesota, USA), Heinz Ruffner (Novartis, Switzerland), Wolfgang Sommergruber (University of Applied Sciences, Austria).

Organizing Committee

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

Heinz Ruffner
WSJ-Fabrikstrasse 22-4.025.1
CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
Tel +41 79 863 5219

Hansjörg Hauser
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)
Inhoffenstrasse 7
38124 Braunschweig, Germany
Tel.: +49 531 6181 5000

Contact for registration

Birgit Marckhgott

Registration Form Drug Discovery Course 2022

Application is already open now!

By filling out and submitting the contact form below, you are applying to join the course. The Selection of participants will be based solely on the strength of your motivation letter and your CV (in case of applying for a grant). It does not depend on the date of receipt of the application.