The STEM designated Management of Drug Development program is designed for students with a background in preclinical biological and pharmaceutical science. It aims at producing entry- and mid-level scientists with the knowledge and skills appropriate for professional practice in translational research, with particular emphasis on the area of transition between early stage preclinical drug discovery and clinical drug development. This area, commonly referred to as the “valley of death,” represents one of the most challenging and important areas in translational research, yet programs designed to train and educate future translational science leaders are lacking.
This program will allow you to design, critically evaluate, and optimize broad drug development strategies from the earliest stages of drug design and discovery to their application in patents and marketing. Depending on your interest, additional courses could focus on strategic, policy and regulatory aspects of drug development.
Courses are offered on weekends to accommodate working professionals and can be attended online for those looking to complete their studies from outside of the Los Angeles area. Students set their own pace, taking as many courses as they wish to take each semester.
Career support is offered to all students and alumni, including recruitment events, career fairs and regular distribution of job postings from companies nationally and internationally. Recruiters are aware of the reputation of our alumni, and are eager to hire our graduates.