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Summer School on Medicines

The Summer School on Medicines (SSM) is a program geared towards students in the life sciences arena (undergraduate, master, PhD and postdoc), researchers and professionals from the biopharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies, among others. 

The program offers 40 hours of training based on presentations by experts, case studies, seminars and visits to companies and research institutes. The faculty is composed of experts from the biopharmaceutical industry and research bodies in different countries, including Canada, France and Spain. 

 

SMM is organized by Biocat, the Barcelona Science Park, University of Montreal and University Paul Sabatier Toulouse III. The program also receives support from the University of Barcelona, the University Drug Research Group (GRUM), the CAPTOR Project – Investissement d’Avenir and the INNABIOSANTE Foundation – Toulouse Cancer.

SSM lasts one week and is held in a different city each year: Montreal, Toulouse or Barcelona. Over the week, participants attend presentations, do case studies and interact with experts from the sector and industry to discover the whole drug value chain: from concept to market. Plus, participants also visit the headquarters of representatives of the sector in the city where the training is held that year.


SSM9 (2017 edition)

Organized by Biocat and the Scientific Park of Barcelona, in collaboration with yhe University of Montreal, CNRS-INSERM-CRCT and the University Paul Sabatier, the 9th Summer School on Medicines (SSM9) offers a unique 40-hour training program in Barcelona. The students participating in SSM9 will also benefit from a personalized visits to pharmaceutical companies.

New this year, SSM9 offers new lectures about “Beyond the pill”, the need of pharmaceutical industry to valorize their products, with highlight in new Technologies, medical devices and diagnostics, nanomedicines, precision medicine and genomics.


 

Since 2009, SSM has brought together about 250 students, becoming a benchmark in training in this area. Its aims are to:

  • Provide an in-depth look at drug discovery today: from basic research into ways to cure a disease to the rational design of safe, effective molecules with similar properties to the right drugs.
  • Offer a general overview of drug development and proof-of-concept for registration.
  • Discuss the documents needed to access the market after registry and integrating product development into the general plan.

The program is geared towards students in the life sciences arena (undergraduate, master, PhD and postdoc), researchers and professionals from the biopharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies, among others

The latest edition (SSM8, in 2016) was held in Toulouse (France). In 2014, Biocat organized the sixth edition (SMM6) in Barcelona for the fourth time, with rave reviews. Participants included students of 49 different nationalities and professors and experts from Canada, Switzerland, France and Spain.