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New UArizona class challenges students to find Alzheimer’s disease cure

TUCSON- A revolutionary new class being offered at the University of Arizona will challenge students with finding the cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

They could also come out of that class with their own startup company.

UArizona Health Sciences is preparing to offer a class come January 2020 called Designing Drugs: From Chemistry to Cure.

The class allows students to develop their own unique drug compounds to treat Alzheimer’s disease with the help from a university medicinal chemist.

“The idea behind the course is that the students are going to be in the course developing a drug in silico on the computer throughout the entire course,” said May Khanna, with the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the UArizona Health Sciences. “At the end of the course, they have a pitch to a pharmacy, to industry, to Tech Launch Arizona”

Once they are done with the invention, Khanna said that they could have a startup company.

“I hope that what they do is learn to develop themselves and products. I hope they can learn and realize developing a drug is not a black box,” she said. “It is something that we can all do given enough creativity, given enough innovation, and money.”

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.

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