and pharmaceutical chemistry are disciplines at the intersection of chemistry, especially synthetic organic chemistry, and pharmacology and various other biological specialties, where they are involved with design, chemical synthesis and development for market of pharmaceutical agents, or bio-active molecules (drugs). In particular, medicinal chemistry
in its most common practice-focusing on small organic molecules-encompasses synthetic organic chemistry and aspects of natural products and computational chemistry in close combination with chemical biology, enzymology and structural biology, together aiming at the discovery and development of new therapeutic agents
. At the biological interface, medicinal chemistry
combines to form a set of highly interdisciplinary sciences, setting its organic, physical, and computational emphases alongside biological areas such as biochemistry, molecular biology
, pharmacognosy and pharmacology, toxicology
and veterinary and human medicine, these with project management, statistics and pharmaceutical business practices.