Programs & Events

Family Science Investigation: Drug Development Series - Where do new drugs come from, and how?

This program is Full.
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Family Program
Apr. 29, 2014 | Tuesday, 10:00am
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Tuesdays, April 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2014; 10am - noon
Minimum age 11(minors must be accompanied by a paying adult). Must take entire series
Location: Nature Research Center - Micro World Investigate Lab- 3rd floor
$70 parent/child pair; $35 each additional child for the series

Bringing new drugs to market requires a lot of money, time and research. Why? And where DO drugs get their start? Classic drug development involved coming up with possible new drug candidates in the research lab. While this is still true, biomanufacturing, biopharmaceuticals, and bioprospecting contribute to a significant portion of current pharmaceutical research and development. In this 4-part series, students will participate in hands-on activities and discussions on biomanufacturing techniques (e.g. genetic engineering, extraction processes, and purification methods), clinical trial phases, and research ethics. The series will conclude with a panel discussion with industry professionals and researchers during which students can learn about possible career paths, industry educational and training requirements, and the future of jobs in the biotech industry.

Family Science Investigations programs offer families an opportunity to participate together in monthly science classes related to Museum research, including topics in ecology, paleontology, geology and biology. These classes are especially useful for homeschoolers looking for additional reinforcement to curriculum goals, or any family group that simply enjoys learning together!

Program Instructor: Deb Bailey and Christy Flint, Coordinators for Micro World investigate Lab.

Registration information: Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form with payment.

For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.

All classes are made available through the generosity of a grant from the Biogen Idec Foundation.