Department of Pharmacoinformatics at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hajipur admits students for M.S. (Pharm.) and Doctoral degree. Pharmacoinformatics can broadly be defined as ‘role of informatics in Pharmaceutical sciences’. Many flavors of Pharmacoinformatics is being practiced namely bioinformatics, chemoinformatics, toxicoinformatics, computer-aided drug-design, antibody modelling etc. The role of Pharmacoinformatics can be understood through its scientific and service aspects. The scientific component deals with the drug-design and discovery, design and development of biopharmaceuticals, understanding molecular recognition at atomic / molecular level, understanding the mechanisms through atomic / molecular modelling activities whereas the service oriented aspects are more patient centric through hospital pharmacy and community pharmacy.
The compelling drivers for the pharmaceutical industry are minimizing the time between discovery of a drug and its delivery to the marketplace for maximizing the earning. Pharmacoinformatics play an important role in minimizing time for the discovery of a drug molecule. The molecular modelers (a commonly held terminology for pharmacoinformaticians) contribute significantly to the team in identifying small molecules and their multiple cycle of optimizations before a preclinical candidate is declared for clinical trial. Pharmacoinformatics today is a new epitome to facilitate the management and transfer of scientific data, information and knowledge through database generation and management. A Database Administrator (DBA) from pharmacoinformatics background would be of great value for the management of data generated across R&D facilities. In future, these information technology efforts are expected to grow immensely both in terms of their reliability and scope.
The Department of Pharmacoinformatics at NIPER Hajipur has been enthusiastically involved in producing well-trained and skilled manpower to cater to the need of growing pharma industries (to design and develop “designer molecule”) as well as to academia. The department believes in philosophy that “Examinations and Grades are temporary but education is permanent”. Students in the department are evaluated throughout the semester through quizzes, mid-term and end-term examination, term papers etc. The curriculum runs through a team of highly educated and experienced faculties who are extremely passionate in their profession and are engaged continuously to motivate students. They are trained to achieve the objective of a problem in a project-oriented training. Therefore, additional number of hours are dedicated on their practical training to help them understand the applicability of the theories to broaden their analytical intelligence and enrich their ‘know-why’ and ‘know-how’ skills simultaneously. The computation laboratory is well equipped with industry standard software packages (Schrodinger Suite and Accelrys Discovery studio). Students are given hands-on training on each module of these packages to prepare them for their subsequent professional life.
In today’s world, communication skill is very important and therefore presentations have become the de facto business communication tool in every area : be it academics or industry and that is why students at the department are given rigorous training on how to give presentations in seminars through regular class workshops and weekly training sessions. Students trained at the Pharmacoinformatics department are unique as they are given good exposure about various aspects of drug discovery. The course content is very diverse and covers bioinformatics, chemoinformatics, various programming and scripting languages, database generation and management, molecular modelling, molecular dynamics, drug metabolism, structural toxicity and their use in drug-design, receptorology, molecular biology, intellectual property rights, pharmacy informatics etc. The training orients and prepare them to take up challenges and contribute their bit in discovery of a drug molecule.