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Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) – a badly needed initiative

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A reader of our blog has directed us to OSDD, a promising initiative that advocates open source models for drug discovery in a scenario where patents and IPRs prove stumbling blocks to universal access to affordable healthcare. I particularly like the quote on their home page.

About OSDD
OSDD is a CSIR Team India Consortium with Global Partnership with a vision to provide affordable healthcare to the developing world by providing a global platform where the best minds can collaborate & collectively endeavor to solve the complex problems associated with discovering novel therapies for neglected tropical diseases like Malaria, Tuberculosis, Leshmaniasis, etc. It is a concept to collaboratively aggregate the biological and genetic information available to scientists in order to use it to hasten the discovery of drugs. This will provide a unique opportunity for scientists, doctors, technocrats, students and others with diverse expertise to work for a common cause.

The success of Open Source models in Information Technology (For e.g., Web Technology, The Linux Operating System) and Biotechnology (For e.g., Human Genome Sequencing) sectors highlights the urgent need to initiate a similar model in healthcare, i.e., an Open Source model for Drug Discovery.

Funding source – The Government of India has committed Rs. 150 crores (US $38 million) towards this project. An equivalent amount of funding would be raised from international agencies and philanthropists. About 46 crores (US $12 million) has been already released by the Government of India.

Bharathi Ghanashyam

Written by JournalistsAgainstTB

January 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Posted in TB and Media

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