The mission of the Institute is to perform leading-edge research with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of relevant problems in Pharmaceutical Sciences and to the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic prototypes. The Institute has a commitment to translate excellence in research into teaching to form a new generation of experts in the field.
The Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences belongs to the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich). The Institute is located on the Hönggerberg Campus. The Institute hosts 11 research units with an international scientific staff of more than 100 researchers. It offers a stimulating research environment and state-of-the-art infrastructure.
Research at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences covers a wide range of topics: from the identification and characterization of biomolecular drug targets to the pre-clinical and clinical development of promising diagnostic and therapeutic agents. Increasing emphasis is given to genomics and proteomics approaches to complement our traditional strength in pharmaceutical research. The Institute has played a central role in establishing the Functional Genomics Center Zurich and is actively shaping the center's next expansion phase. Internal and external scientific collaborations are actively encouraged and extensive contacts are maintained with hospitals and industry to foster efficient knowledge transfer to the benefit of medicine and biotechnology.
The teaching programs at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences include an undergraduate curriculum in Pharmaceutical Sciences (with about 400 students), as well as post-graduate courses covering different aspects of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology (e.g., Medicinal Chemistry, Radiopharmaceutical Science, Quality Management & GMP Guidelines). The Institute has also a long-standing tradition in training Ph.D. students. Successful alumni have found positions in universities, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and regulatory authorities around the world. Presently, over 90 students from 10 nations are enrolled in the Ph.D. program. Special lectures and a weekly seminar series entitled "Seminars in Drug Discovery & Development" are devoted to recent progress in pharmaceutical research and assure regular contacts with leading national and international scientists.
Chairperson, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
of Drug Formulation and Delivery
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