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Open Targets is a public-private partnership to use human genetics, genomic data and drug information for systematic identification and prioritisation of therapeutic targets. This module introduces the Open Targets partnership, its underlying projects and the bioinformatics resources for researchers studying associations of human genes with diseases.

We offer interactive and hands-on experience with Open Targets Platform and Open Targets Genetics, open source tools of integrated biological and chemical data for drug target identification and prioritisation. We cover user cases relevant to the biomedical and pharmaceutical communities and can customise the course according to specific therapeutic areas.



  • This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in biomedical research and therapeutics with a special emphasis on drug discovery and target validation. It is also useful to those who wish to find out how large-scale genomic experiments, cellular models of disease and computational techniques are used to identify and validate the causal links between targets, pathways and diseases.
  • Some prior knowledge of basic genetics and molecular biology in addition to familiarity with some existing reference sources (e.g. Ensembl, UniProt) is desirable.
  • No programmatic skills required.


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