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*** This course contributes to the Royal Society of Biology's Industry Skills Certificate

Learn how PK information is generated and used within drug development


In drug development clinical pharmacology is tasked to ensure that patients receive the right dose at the right time. This ensures that the new medicine is safe and effective throughout the patient population. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to recognise the factors that can alter drug response. Knowledge of pharmacokinetics (PK) is at the center of this endeavour. For many drugs, clinical pharmacology information accounts for almost 50% of the final drug label, further emphasising the importance of PK understanding in drug development.

This course will provide participants with an overview of how PK information is generated and used within drug development. Common PK terms will be explained and the different methods used to analyse PK and pharmacodynamic (PD) data will be introduced.

Throughout the course participants will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through taking part in a selection of quizzes and case history exercises.

Following the course participants will have:
  1. Increased confidence to discuss PK matters within a drug development environment
  2. An understanding of common pharmacokinetic terms and their importance to therapeutic drug regimens
  3. An understanding of how pharmacokinetic data can influence the drug development programme
  4. An oversight of the PK methodology used in drug development
  5. An overview of how PK is integrated into clinical drug development
  6. An insight into the use of PK/PD in drug development

Who is this course for?

The course is intended for all professionals who have an interest in how PK is used within the drug development arena. It is a general introduction to the area and does not require specialist knowledge of the subject. In particular, the course will benefit professionals currently working in academia or similar environments who are considering moving into the pharmaceutical industry. In essence, anyone who wishes to further their knowledge of the usefulness of PK in drug development will profit from the course.

Course tutor

Graham had been investigating the clinical pharmacology of new drugs and novel formulations for over 20 years.

At AstraZeneca he was a Principal Scientist in Experimental Medicine, where he was involved in the transition of several new chemical entities from discovery into humans. He is experienced in a number of PK methodologies and has used these across the drug development spectrum. Graham is an advocate of creative and efficient clinical study design and has applied these principles to many global drug development projects in several therapeutic areas. His skills have involved him in various patent cases where he has acted as an expert witness in several jurisdictions.

Graham has developed professional PK training courses for both experts and non-experts working in the pharmaceutical and bioscience sectors. Additionally, he has provided PK teaching on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

Graham is a pharmacist, with an MSc in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Glasgow and a PhD from the University of Manchester.

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A certificate of attendance will be provided after the event.
We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 21 CPD points.

Professional Registers

This course supports registers competencies and has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci).
Competency area:
  • Application of knowledge and understanding


Members - £120 + VAT
Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £160 + VAT
Non-members - £240 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.


For further information about this course please contact our Training and Development Officer at or on 020 3925 3453.


Unfortunately, the Royal Society of Biology is unable to offer refunds on training courses that have been attended. We do, of course, welcome and encourage any feedback from a course and will continue to improve the service we offer.

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If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee prepaid travel will be compensated.

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