[Ip-health] Article in PLoS reviewing Open Source Drug Discovery projects

Rigel Christian rigelc at gmail.com
Sat Sep 22 11:42:48 PDT 2012


>From the abstract:


Open source drug discovery offers potential for developing new and
inexpensive drugs to combat diseases that disproportionally affect the
poor. The concept borrows two principle aspects from open source
computing (i.e., collaboration and open access) and applies them to
pharmaceutical innovation. By opening a project to external
contributors, its research capacity may increase significantly. To
date there are only a handful of open source R&D projects focusing on
neglected diseases. We wanted to learn from these first movers, their
successes and failures, in order to generate a better understanding of
how a much-discussed theoretical concept works in practice and may be

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