The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (DISFARM) was created in 2012 from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences “Pietro Pratesi” and the section of Organic Chemistry "Alessandro Marchesini" of the Department of Molecular Sciences Applied to Biosystems. DISFARM is organized in the three sections of Medicinal Chemistry "Pietro Pratesi", Pharmaceutical Technology and Legislation "Maria Edvige Sangalli", and General and Organic Chemistry "Alessandro Marchesini", combining specific scientific skills which favor the promotion and coordination of interdisciplinary research lines in the framework of pharmaceutical sciences.
The goals are those of improving knowledge in the field of basic research, a major cultural investment to design a qualified research aimed at the discovery of novel drugs and able to boost an efficient technology transfer.
The research at DISFARM covers a range of activities focused on the design, synthesis, development, and control of novel biologically active molecules, and of new pharmaceutical drug delivery systems, food supplements, cosmetics, biocides and medical devices. DISFARM’s scientific activities are financially supported by Italian and European grants, and are also assisted by collaborations with public institutions and national/international companies.
With the purpose of training young researchers, the Department hosts the PhD course in “Pharmaceutical Sciences” (which is part of the doctorate school in “Chemical Sciences and Technologies”), as well as the specialization school in “Hospital Pharmacy”, a interuniversity master and three post-graduate programs.
DISFARM is enrolled in QuESTIO (Quality Evaluation in Science and Technology for Innovation Opportunity) an initiative coordinated by Regione Lombardia mapping research services, technology transfer, and support for innovation.