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Rodney J.Y. Ho
PCEUT 406
Seattle Campus

Biopharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

Basic principles of biopharmaceutics and drug delivery, and their application to therapeutics including oral and non-oral route of drug administration for traditional and biotechnology drugs. Fundamental principles related to assessment of bioavailability and bioequivalence, drug-drug and food-drug interactions for orally administered drugs. Prerequisite: PCEUT 405. Offered: Sp.

Class description

Course Goals:

The goals of this course are to provide students with (1) an understanding of the fundamental biopharmaceutics concepts which transform proteins and chemical compounds into safe and effective drugs for use in humans; (2) skills in application of biopharmaceutics in formulating and optimizing the dosage forms and regimens for small molecule as well as protein drugs.

Student learning goals

1. To define the basic biopharmaceutic principles and the role of drug delivery in translating a compound/protein into drugs

2. To differentiate between small molecular weight compounds and protein drugs with respect to (a) pharmacokinetic and disposition characteristics; pharmacodynamics or effects (b) bioavailability and bioequivalence as they relate to generic drug formulations and biosimilar protein products

3. To define groups of proteins with similar molecular functions that may span across several therapeutic indications

4. To learn how physiologic, environmental, and genetic variations, as well as formulation and route of administration may modulate drug delivery ; to understand how genetic determinants of individual patients may play a role in variations in pharmacokinetics and overall therapeutic response.

5. To delineate how drug delivery strategies may impact therapeutic index and overall safety and efficacy of drug therapies; how advanced drug delivery systems are being developed or implemented to optimize efficacy, safety, and patient compliance.

6. To learn about gene and cell therapeutics some of which are now approved for human use; to discuss animal cloning and stem cell research as they relate to potential human therapeutic products; and to discuss new vaccine designs, adjuvant use, and vaccine delivery systems which are in development to improve safety and efficacy.

General method of instruction

Lectures, notes, text book and reading assignments

Recommended preparation

Read assignments, text and other materials ahead of specific lecture topics. You will be tested on your knowlege that built on both lecture and assigned reading materials.

Class assignments and grading

Read the assigned text and recommended materials; The final grade is based on two mid-terms (30%) and a final (40%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Rodney J.Y. Ho
Date: 03/13/2007