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Enjoy these overview courses at no charge.

If you'd like to go deeper on a topic we also offer more in-depth, interactive courses for a small fee.

Are We on the Right Track
Free

Decisions Decisions

This free course provides an overview to our course series Understanding Medicine Development Decision Making. 

It will give you a glimpse of what you'll learn in the following in-depth courses, including an introduction to the characters you'll meet along the way. 

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Free

Make Your Case for Research  

This course introduces one way that biopharmaceutical companies set their research investment priorities.   This knowledge will help you more effectively advocate for the research you need.

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Free

History of Clinical Trials - Ethics and Regulations

This short course provides a history of Clinical Trials dating back to c.500 B.C.  Understanding the origins of the ethics and regulations, will help you advocate for better regulations in the future and help you understand how you are protected in a clinical trial setting.

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Free

The Label Drives Everything 

This course describes the central role that the Label plays in developing, approving, and marketing a new medicine.  You will see opportunities for helping companies develop the therapies you really need by influencing their "target label."

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Free

Institutional Review Boards: Oversight of Clinical Trials

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) can be an unanticipated step in the clinical trial process and can feel like just one more valley to cross.  This short course will cover how these groups protect the clinical trial participants and society in general. 

In-depth Online Courses

Most patients, caregivers, and advocates never have the chance to go behind the scenes to understand how a pharmaceutical company works.  Our in-depth online courses invite participants to explore subjects in more detail alongside researchers at a hypothetical company.

Each interactive course can be taken at your own pace.

Disease Foundations and Patient Organizations can contact us to secure deep discounts for their communities.  Just click here to learn how.

Course Series: Understanding Medicine Development Decision Making

This web-based course series is focused on providing a glimpse into the elaborate and complex decisions that are made throughout the drug discovery, clinical trials, and manufacturing R&D.

Participants will be able to:

  • understand and anticipate the decisions at each stage of R&D
  • describe the factors that influence these decisions
  • identify the roles and people involved in making these decisions
Are We on the Right Track
Introduction (free)

Decisions Decisions

This free course provides an overview to our course series Understanding Medicine Development Decision Making. 

It will give you a glimpse of what you'll learn in the following in-depth courses, including an introduction to the characters you'll meet along the way. 

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Course 1

Open Water Part 1: Selecting a Research Project

The first course in our series on Decision Making in Pharmaceutical R&D will dive a little deeper into the decisions about selection, funding, and support for Research Projects. You will get to ride along with a team trying to win support for some truly innovative research.

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By registering for this course you will be able to return at any time, and it will appear in your list of courses for future reference

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Course 2

Open Water Part 2: Discovery & Preclinical

This second course in our series about Decision Making in Pharmaceutical Research and Development will navigate the decisions made during Research – specifically Discovery and Pre-Clinical Research. It will put you right in the middle of a Research Team as they struggle to overcome unbelievable odds and find a new molecule that MIGHT help patients someday.

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By registering for this course you will be able to return at any time, and it will appear in your list of courses for future reference

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Course 3

Open Water Part 3: Phase 1 Clinical Studies

The fourth module in our series on Decision Making in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. focuses on the decisions required for Phase 1 Clinical Studies. The stakes are higher as people participate in the studies. These first studies establish a beachhead that will allow the team to learn more and more about the compound. It gets pretty exciting!

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By registering for this course you will be able to return at any time, and it will appear in your list of courses for future reference

Working With Patient Organizations

We offer our courses at a discounted rate through patient organizations.

By partnering with patient organizations we are able to sell our courses at a discounted rate to be offered to members of those organizations. If you represent a patient organization that would like to offer our courses or you would like to refer an organization that you're a member of visit our Get Started page to connect with us.

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