I have a book review out in Nature Chemical Biology of A Practical Guide to Drug Development in Academia. As you’ll see, I liked it, finding it a very useful guide to real-world drug discovery for people who are interested in what they’d need to do to get into it.
Here’s a quote that some readers may well appreciate:
We – as academics – are often under the impression that drug development, unlike our own basic research, is a rather mundane and straightforward process. In fact, those of us who have spent time in the biopharmaceutical industry have found that drug discovery and development lies at the intersection of basic research and applied science and requires a great deal of creativity and rigor. Exceptional scientists populate both the biopharmaceutical industry and the regulatory agencies. Drug development can be every bit as challenging and require even more persistence than traditional academic research.
Beyond these general points, there’s a lot of very solid practical advice in the book. I definitely recommend it to academic researchers, and to people starting out in the drug industry who’d like an overview of the whole process as well.