The production, synthesis and development of pharmaceuticals are a key application of chemistry. Drug discovery intertwines all branches of the natural and physical sciences, including organic, computational and physical chemistry, as well as biology and physics to name a few. From the identification of the target to a product becoming commercially available usually takes around 15 years! In this topic we will briefly discuss the different applications of chemistry in the drug development timeline; what properties make a drug effective, and what influences toxicity.
It is assumed that you have briefly covered and understand the concept of hydrogen bonding. It is also assumed that you are aware of the “skeleton structures” of organic molecules, i.e. carbon atoms are represented by a dot rather than the letter C.