Understanding Pharmacokinetics for the Non-Specialist

7 November 2023 | 1 Week Live Online Course


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Improve your understanding of PK/PD studies during drug development


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Course Overview


Pharmacokinetics is an important discipline, imperative to the development of new medicines. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data is gathered throughout drug development and is crucial when designing clinical trials or preparing a drug submission dossier.


This training course provides you with knowledge of the core aspects of pharmacokinetics, so you perform with confidence in your role. You will learn important definitions, how to analyse pharmacokinetic data, the relationship between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, drug-drug interactions and regulatory requirements. Once completed you will have the knowledge to communicate and interpret the work of PK/PD scientists.


With the Educo Post Learning Implementation Plan (PLIP) you will have the framework to apply and implement the knowledge acquired in the training, supporting you in your development. Learn more about how we deliver both online and classroom training courses.

Key Learning Objectives


  • Understand key principles of pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, including: Absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion.
  • Review important concepts such as: Volume of distribution, plasma protein binding, clearance and elimination half-life
  • Examine and understand regulatory requirements so you know what regulators want to see
  • Understand how PK/PD data can influence decision making during drug discovery and drug development
  • Consolidate your knowledge with case studies and understand the relevance of pharmacokinetics in practice
  • Analyse pharmacokinetics within large molecules (biopharmaceuticals)
  • Review key definitions, data analysis and regulatory expectations: The fundamentals of PK/PD
  • Examine PK/PD for biological drugs to appreciate the differences from small molecules
What is Included in a Live Online Course?


  • Direct access to an expert trainer
  • Interactive and engaging sessions with exercises and discussions
  • Bitesize learning
  • Access to the Educo Life Sciences Training Portal
  • Unlimited access to the recordings for 4 to 5 weeks after the last session
  • Reinforcement session delivered 4 to 5 week after the course (online) providing you with extra time with the trainer
  • A validated certificate of attendance available for you to download
Register For Free Online Session


There are limited spaces on the introductory session. If demand is high you may not be able to attend the live session, however you will be sent the recording. Priority is given to full registrations.

Learn more about the course by toggling through the tabs below (trainer, agenda, who should attend?)

Post Learning Implementation Plan (PLIP)


  • Access to the Educo Training Portal
  • Submit your needs analysis and objectives for training by completing a simple online form

Action Plan

  • At the end of the training you will create an action plan to help you implement and develop your new skills and knowledge

Reinforcement Session

  • Delivered 3 to 4 weeks after the training
  • It is a 1 hour virtual session enabling the group to reinforce the key learnings from the training and cover and subsequent questions and challenges
Introductory Module 1
FREE to Attend | Live & Recorded

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5 October 2023 | 60 mins | 1:00 PM UK

Fundamentals of pharmacokinetics

  • Role of PK
  • Absorption
  • Distribution
  • Metabolism
  • Excretion
  • Disposition


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Module 2 & 3

7 November 2023 | 150 mins | 1:00 PM UK

Pharmacokinetic analysis

  • First and Zero Order Processes
  • Non-compartmental Analysis
  • Compartmental Analysis
  • Elimination Half-life
  • Clearance
  • Volume of Distribution
  • Case study

Drug-Drug interactions

  • Definitions of drug interactions
  • Drug metabolism
  • Enzyme inhibition and induction
  • Reaction phenotyping
  • Study design
  • Transporter interactions
  • Case study
Module 4 & 5

8 November 2023 | 150 mins | 1:00 PM UK

Regulatory guidelines

  • PK Results Presentation
  • Individual and mean PK Profiles
  • Variability in PK
  • Crossover Study design
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Sample Size Calculation
  • First In Man Guideline


PK/PD studies

  • Single and Multiple Dose PK Studies
  • Linear PK
  • Absolute and Relative Bioavailability, Bioequivalence
  • Food Effect study
Module 5 & 6

9 November 2023 | 150 mins | 1:00 PM UK

PK/PD studies

  • Biomarkers
  • Direct vs Indirect PK/PD
  • Hysteresis

Pharmacokinetics of biologics & population pharmacokinetics

  • Definitions of Biological Drugs
  • Biological Drugs ADME
  • PK of Biological Drugs Guideline
  • Fundamental of Population PK
  • Role of Population PK
  • Application of Population PK

Dr. Stefano Persiani is currently Director of Translational Sciences and Pharmacokinetics at Rottapharm Biotech, Italy. After years working in academia, Dr. Persiani moved to the pharmaceutical industry and CRO sector holding different positions always applying pharmacokinetic approaches in R&D at Farmitalia Carlo Erba, Pharmacia, Upjon, and Zambon Group.


His experience within pharmaceutical companies and CROs includes the assessment of pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, and drug-drug interactions during drug discovery for lead optimization and in preclinical as well as in clinical pharmacology during drug development. He has experience addressing pharmacokinetic issues for drugs and biologics under development in different therapeutic areas including oncology, respiratory, CNS, anti-infective, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and rheumatology. In these therapeutic areas, he applies translational, PK/PD prediction, and modelling strategies for candidate selection and to obtain the proof of concept of efficacy and safety in preclinical models as well as during clinical trials in the target patient populations. Dr. Persiani regularly interacts with regulatory authorities and acts as peer reviewer of scientific articles in the field of pharmacokinetics and clinical pharmacology.

This course is aimed at anyone who interacts with PK/PD data but does not require specialist knowledge in the field. No previous knowledge of PK/ PD is assumed.


Relevant departments include:

  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Research & Development
  • Preclinical Development
  • Licensing & Business Development
  • Clinical Operations
  • Clinical Pharmacology
Free Online Module and Pricing
  • Module 1 is free to attend and is delivered online and is recorded.
  • To enrol onto module 1, please submit your details in the form.
  • Module 1 is recorded so if you are unable to attend, you can catch up ahead of the course start date.
  • There are price tiers for this course. The dates of these are at the located above the course overview.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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• For live online courses, module durations are approximate.


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