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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Drug Discovery by University of California San Diego

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About the Course

The University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Drug Discovery course brings you lectures from both faculty and industry experts. With this course, recorded on campus at UCSD, we seek to share our access to top people in the field who bring an unprecedented range of expertise on drug discovery. In this course you will learn the drug discovery process up to the filing of an Initial New Drug Application or IND. Each week you will learn the steps that a pharmaceutical or biotech company goes through to discover a new therapeutic drug. In this course you will be able to: * Understand the pharmaceutical and biotechnology market a changing landscape * Learn the major aspects of the drug discovery process, starting with target selection, to compound screening to designing lead candidates. * Recognize current modern drug discovery based on the lock-and-key theory, which attempts to use one single compound to hit one target to combat the related disease. * Increase understanding of the various drug discovery tools and methods that are used for finding, identifying and designing a new drug. * Define and understand the regulatory responsibilities for drug discovery to file an Investigational New Drug Application (IND). This course is intended as part 1 of a series: Drug Discovery, Drug Development ( and Drug Commercialization ( We would highly recommend that you take the courses in order since it will give you a better understanding on how a drug is discovered in the lab before being tested in clinical trials and then launched in the market place....

Top reviews


Apr 16, 2021

This course helps to understand the basic fundamental & principles of drug discovery clearly. I am very thankful to the Coursera and University of California San Diego for providing this course to me.


Oct 15, 2018

Very well done and informative. I truly appreciate the Drug process in entirety being broken down into sections that are easy to comprehend. It is obvious the speakers were chosen for their knowledge.

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By Sharvari K

Oct 25, 2018

Recommended course for everyone who is interested in the process of Drug Discovery and overall working of the Pharmaceutical Industry. It is a little technical, but completely worth it!


Mar 14, 2020

The course was well intended to give an overview of the drug discovery process, possible approaches and challenges.

What I found extremely disappointing is the fact that the lectures are very old and refer to studies and publications more than a decade ago. This is totally unacceptable for a course from such an institution and on a topic that has evolved massively and rapidly.

I hope the lecturers consider to update the course material as I believe they probably did in their actual lectures as the University of San Diego.

By Bruno S P

Apr 21, 2017

The course presents the basic concepts of DD and allows familiarization with the technical terms of the field. I strongly recommend for those who want to understand a little bit of DD.

By Fatima B

Jan 29, 2022

It is really good and informative course and i have learnt about how drug is discovered how we could enhance its production how drug could reproduce how much drug production is increased.

By Lane D

Apr 8, 2020

Good class but relatively dated. Would benefit from new insight into today's Pharma climate.

By Heather G

Oct 16, 2018

Very well done and informative. I truly appreciate the Drug process in entirety being broken down into sections that are easy to comprehend. It is obvious the speakers were chosen for their knowledge.

By Abhishek B

Nov 27, 2017

A very helpful and enlightening course. Clears my basics of Drug Discovery and explains principles and aspects to be kept in mind when researching for a new drug.

By Thomi K

Jul 16, 2019

The information on this course are from 2013 and 2016 so they are probably outdated. Some of the lectures were very hard to understand and it was due to the material and the professors. I had to reach the half of the second week to get to the point of this course and learn something interesting.

By Eléonore A d V

May 24, 2020

The first and last part of the course were very interesting and i learned a lot. However i did barely understand all the other classes which used a lot of very technical vocabulary and notion. It was very complexe while the course was said to be for beginners level.

By Kamilla S

Aug 16, 2023

Great course, highly recommended. The course was well organized and the content relevant to my job role. It was delivered with great enthusiasm and the format ensured that it captured its audience.

By Kentdyarto I

Jun 11, 2023

This course taught me about the nutshell procedure and process of drug discovery in biotech and pharma companies. I'm really grateful that this course explains very briefly and particularly.

By Isabel P

May 11, 2020

The course is a good initiation into the drug design and preclinical studies and I recommend it. However, videos aren't really up to date, in case you are looking for latest advances in the field.

By Mohamed T H

Jul 17, 2020

The lecturers were no doubt very knowledgeable and intellectual. However, it was difficult for me to understand what they were trying to convey due to the compact and busy nature of the presentation slides and also due to the fact that they kept on using several technical terms without explaining them. The background, font used in the presentations and poor resolution further exacerbated the problems.

By Wendy v F

Oct 9, 2023

Content is pre-2016. Very outdated information. Wondering why it hasn't been updated if it's popular. Disappointing.

By ahindra s

Oct 27, 2018

Very helpful. Just the thing I was looking for - just enough insight into this particular area of the industry that will help having a meaningful dialogue with the researchers, marketers and others in this business.

By Ana M G C

Apr 15, 2020

El curso me ha gustado mucho, los temas en forma de charlas me han parecido muy amenas y los examenes de control en cada bloque se resuelven con facilidad si prestas atención.

La única pega que le veo es que no tiene ni créditos ni horas que lo avalen, por lo que unicamente tiene valor curricular.

By Renee R

Aug 12, 2020

Course was great! All lectures were concise, easy to follow, and assessments were fair.

I took this course in 2020. It can be assumed that much of this information is now outdated. I would definitely be interested in taking an updated course. Thanks!

By Jeroen v d T

Jul 10, 2022

This course provides a rapid overview of the pharmacologic essentials to consider with drug discovery. Although the course information indicates that it is aimed at beginners, I would recommend having at least a basic understanding of general pharmacology already to comprehend the vocabulary and jargon used; nonetheless, the instructors explain everything they tell you thoroughly, but you may need to pause and read the transcript - or do some extra self-study - to really comprehend what is being said if you are completely new to this subject. All in all it is a well-designed course for what its purpose and aims are. If you are interested in a bird view of the pharmacologic nature of drug discovery to complement your previous education and/or future aspirations, then this course is for you.

By Andrés L

Dec 22, 2022

A bit outdated but still relevant course on drug discovery. Plus, it is the only one available in Coursera at this time of writing (Dec 2022).

By Romane O

Jan 18, 2022

This course gives an interesting overview of the processes and main challenges involved in drug discovery. However, the material has not been updated since 2016, and some of the content might not be up to date. Especially: 1) the course mostly focuses on small molecules, but in the recent years more and more FDA-approved drugs (now more than 50%) have been biologics, and 2) after two years of a global pandemic where the pharma industry had and still has an interesting role to play, it would be interesting to see how the industry has or hasn't changed to tackle the new challenges. So the content of the course may require a bit of dusting. In terms of the course presentation, it's correct, but not astounding. The videos are recorded while the speakers teach, in an amphitheatre, with students. It's not an overly stimulating course, but it's alright.

By Jun W

Sep 23, 2023


By Siddhant H S

Dec 22, 2020

Dear Instructors, hello my name is Siddhant Shah. I am from India. I wanted to express my thanks to you guys for providing such a valuable learning experience to me. I have completed my master's in Organic Chemistry but my passion and curiosity to learn allowed me to opt for your course on Drug Discovery, Development, and Commercialization. I call myself a responsible innovator inspired by life's amazing ability to learn. I believe that humankind has received a benediction of the ability to learn. I wonder what not we can achieve as well as prevent by our experiences from learnings. Today I feel proud for completing this course and I'm sure that at some point in my career it will benefit me. I once more express my gratitude and thankfulness to all the instructors, University of California San Diego, and Coursera for your efforts.

#keeplearning #keepgrowing

By Staliarova N

Jun 11, 2019

Course is very informative and made me develop a very good understanding of drug discovery process. I thought it was an extremely well structured and well-presented course. The online portal for classes was fantastic.


Apr 17, 2021

This course helps to understand the basic fundamental & principles of drug discovery clearly. I am very thankful to the Coursera and University of California San Diego for providing this course to me.

By Allen J H

Jul 22, 2020

I enjoyed it and it left with a better and clearer understanding of how the pharmaceutical field works and what it does as well as some challenges and goals of the industry.