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The drug development process

To support you in the planning of a pharmaceutical project, we here describe the different steps in the drug development process. However, the process may look different depending on the type of drug to be developed.

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The process of developing a drug can seem, at first glance, to follow different paths for different therapeutic modalities, for example, a conventional chemical drug versus a cell therapy or monoclonal antibody. Despite this, there are many common questions arising along the development path of each of these modalities, from the initial ground-breaking research, right up to the clinical trial phase.

Embarking on the journey of drug development entails a complex, expensive, and strictly regulated path. Therefore, it is extremely advantageous from the onset to have a clear picture of both the goal of the project and the path to achieving this. This includes both the characteristics of the pharmaceutical product and the target patient population, as well as the desired clinical effect and safety profile of the treatment, but must also include an appreciation of the market for the treatment, as well as the panorama of potential payers.

You can read more about the various steps in drug development under the menu to the right.

You can also find information about the various kinds of therapeutic modalities and how they are classed at The Swedish Medical Products Agencies web page.