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Innovative School of BioPharmacy to Open in Fall 2014
Date:2/27/2012

CLAREMONT, Calif., Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The presidents of Chapman University and Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) today announced plans to establish a joint School of BioPharmacy, initially launching at the KGI campus in Claremont, California. The school will focus on preparing graduate pharmacists for professions in biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry as well as for modern pharmacy practice. The school will open in fall 2014, pending national accreditation. 

"This collaboration is a remarkable opportunity," said James L. Doti, president of Chapman University. "It builds on KGI's innovative professional master's and postdoctoral programs and close biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry ties, and takes advantage of Chapman's strengths in computational sciences and entrepreneurship." 

The new Chapman-KGI School of BioPharmacy will reorient the Doctor of Pharmacy degree toward crucial developments in pharmacogenomics.  The program will reflect rapidly developing changes in the field, including the growth of personalized medicine, the delivery of biomolecules, changes in drug and device development, and progress in clinical trials and team-based operating environments.  The curriculum is planned to equip graduates to become licensed pharmacists with sophisticated knowledge of the applied life sciences for modern health care practice, and experience with therapeutics, therapy management, and regulatory affairs to shape discovery in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.  The school's vision reflects the ways in which pharmacists are increasingly asked to shoulder a primary role in matching drugs and therapies to a particular patient or strain of illness, as well as translating their clinical expertise into drug discovery in industry.

"The Chapman-KGI School of BioPharmacy will embrace this change in the profession," said Sheldon Schuster, president and professor of biochemistry at Keck Gradua
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SOURCE Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences; Chapman University
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