Drug Discovery of Biologics

  • Course Price: $150 USD
  • BIO Member Price: $120 USD
  • Course Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Course Level: Level 2 - General
  • Completion Period: 2 week

Drug Discovery of Biologics explains the steps involved in discovering new biologics, with a special focus on therapeutic antibodies. Learn the criteria used by researchers for early target screening, selection, validation, optimization, and determining when a drug target should be transitioned from discovery to development. Bonus content includes information on antibody diversity, affinity maturation, and key CMC challenges and how to overcome them.

Suggested Prerequisites



At the end of this course you should be able to:

  1. List the steps of discovery and lead optimization for biologics
  2. Explain target ID and selection considerations
  3. Explain how affinity maturation is tied to pharmaceutical liabilities
  4. Describe antibody diversity, IgG subtypes, and alternative formats
  5. Discuss the typical criteria for advancement of development candidates
Certificate Requirements
  • Pass course exam with a 70% or higher
  • Complete the course evaluation
Viewing Course Materials
Section 1: Overview
Lists the steps of the drug discovery, development and commercialization process, including activities, costs and timing generally associated with each stage.
Section 2: Early Selection, Target ID, IgG Subtypes
Compares and contrasts properties of both small and large molecule drugs. This section also reviews antibody production, selection, and humanization....More
Section 3: Affinity Maturation, Pharmaceutical Liabilities
Delves into the importance of affinity maturation and its key CMC liabilities. This section concludes with an explanation on how to overcome these CMC challenges.
Section 4: Antibody Diversity, Alternate Formats
Explains antibody therapeutic classes, includes immune checkpoint inhibitors, and explains why these medications are important.
Section 5: Typical Discovery to Development Transition Criteria
Lists the typical criteria for advancement of potential biologic development candidates.
Final Quiz
Course Evaluation
Certificate Requirements
  • Pass course exam with a 70% or higher
  • Complete the course evaluation
You have two weeks from time of purchase to complete any of the online courses. For example, if you purchase the course at 9 am on Saturday, the course will close at 9 am 14 days later.

Our online classes are between 40 minutes and 85 minutes in length. We suggest allowing 20 minutes to take the end of the course quiz and 10 minutes to complete the class evaluation. 

Yes, each course has an accompanying pdf that contains all of the presented course information. 

There are no refunds once you have purchased an online course. 

The online classes are fully animated with a professional voice-over. Each course begin with an overview of what you will learn, the course itself, and then ends with a course quiz to assess your understanding.

You can repeat the class as often as you like within your two week run time.

You have two chances to pass the quiz. A passing score is 70% or higher. 

Each course is to be taken by one individual. If you would like to take our online courses as a group, please contact Stacey Hawkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for pricing.

There are three requirements to receive your course certificate.

  1. You must view the entire course.
  2. You must pass the course quiz with a 70%.
  3. You must complete the course evaluation.

You can download and print your certificate from your dashboard only when all three of these items are completed. 

Before moving on to the next section of our on-demand, online courses, all slides within a section must be viewed.

There is an easy way for you to see which slides you have completed and not completed in the course. Look at the menu on the left side of the course- the slides that have been seen are darkened and the slides that have not been seen are light. 


BIO member discounts are available for on-demand, online classes. To access the BIO member discount, use your company email address during the checkout process. The checkout system will automatically recognize your organization and apply the 20% discount to your purchase if your company is a member of BIO. If you use a private email address we are unable to provide you the BIO membership discount.

If your on-demand course expires, but you have not completed it, you can extend it for an additional 2 weeks for $25.

  • Log into your dashboard
  • Go to the on-demand course you want to extend
  • The "Course Extension" button brings you to the payment gateway
  • Please note: It will appear you are being asked to pay the full amount of $150, but a discount will be automatically given once you fill in all of your payment information. 

You have 90 days, from the day your course expires, to take advantage of this nominal extension fee. Once the 90 days are past, you will need to pay the full price to view the course again. 

  1. Once your online course starts click on “Resources” in the upper right-hand corner
  2. In the drop down menu find the link “Course Slides”
  3. Download and/or print 
Certificate Requirements
  • Pass course exam with a 70% or higher
  • Complete the course evaluation