The development of a new drug costs around a billion dollars and takes up to 15 years. Students from all over the world will gather in Prague to learn about new developments in pharmaceuticals

The mere discovery of a new medicinal substance does not automatically mean that it will appear in the pharmacy in a few years. In practice, roughly one to two ideas out of ten will succeed. The difference is in the subsequent process, i.e. technology transfer.

“Simply put, it’s about successfully testing and legally protecting the new substance so that pharmaceutical companies start working on the idea. All this costs a lot of money and requires considerable know-how. Our summer school brings this whole process closer to participants from the ranks of doctoral students and postdoctoral students. As part of their professional career, they will then be much better prepared for everything and, above all, practically prepared.” says school founder Martin Fusek from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

“Czech universities have an international reputation thanks to their achievements in research in many areas of natural sciences, engineering and technology. In biotechnology, it is also a great merit of the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague and the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Therefore, I greatly appreciate the international character of this summer school, which can deepen the cooperation of scientific capacities in the development of important medicines.” assessed by Vladimír Balaš, Minister of Education.

Not only the covid-19 pandemic has shown that investments in science and research in the field of medicine are essential for improving the quality of treatment and the lives of patients and those around them.

“The benefit that the development of new medicines represents positively affects humanity globally, regardless of geographical boundaries. That is why I am pleased that Czech-Israeli cooperation is developing especially in the field of medicine and biology. This is largely due to the cooperation between the ÚOCHB and the Weizmann Institute of Sciences. Thanks to them, young scientists from the Czech Republic and Israel are meeting in Prague this year to work together on projects in this key area. Which is the best promise for the future for us.” summarizes Anna Azari, Ambassador of Israel to the Czech Republic.

“A sign of the quality and international importance of this summer school is the fact that the well-known Weizmann Institute of Sciences has joined us, with which we now alternate in the organization. It’s a great synergy that also applies to our joint research projects – we’re very good at chemistry, they’re world-class at biology. You cannot do without these expertises in the field of new drug discovery,” comments Jan Konvalinka, director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

The international event takes place alternately in Israel and the Czech Republic and is one of the prestigious exchange study events focused on progress in the drug discovery process from basic science to the manufacturing process. In cooperation with the Israeli Weizmann Institute of Sciences, it is jointly organized by the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. The international summer school is intended for doctoral students and postdoctoral students, who thanks to it will not only gain new practical knowledge, but above all personal contacts important for their further professional advancement and development.

The article is in Czech


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