Pharmacometrics has been used as an effective tool for decision making in drug development and rational pharmacotherapy. It is still rapidly gaining its ground as an important tool for research and development in academia, industry, and regulators. -We presume almost all the visitors of this homepage know it already!
PIPET at the Catholic University of Korea was founded in 2014 to train young scientists as pharmacometricians so that they become capable to meaningfully contribute in the areas of global drug development, pharmacotherapy, and regulatory science.. Currenlty, there are a number of academic institutions training pharmacometricians worldwide. You may ask “Why is PIPET necessary?”. We’d like to answer to that question by saying that the pharmacometricians produced by PIPET should be those who -
They should be keen to communicate with colleague scientists, physicians, regulators, or any other executives to help them make rational decisions using pharmacometrics. An emphasis will be made throughout the training program on “understanding the audience”.
They should be good team players and emphasis will be made on how to collaborate with other key functions such as clinicians, statisticians, marketers, formulation scientists, etc.
They must appreciate the big picture of the drug development process and know how to apply pharmacometrics to answer questions raised at various steps to put the puzzles together.
Excellence in understanding mathematical equations is one of the necessities. However, that is not enough. Number crunching is only a minor portion of the PIPET. Communicating pharmacometricians with strong clinical pharmacology background are to be produced by PIPET.
Prof. Dong-Seok Yim
Director, PIPET, the Catholic University of Korea