Open-source model for drug discovery?

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| Significant public funding along with the ability for private enterprise to
| benefit from the open source approach will result in a strong public-private
| partnership and ensure success of the open source approach.

Software philosophy having impact on business that can save lives.


Open source drug discovery

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| The idea, taking off from successful open source models such as the human
| genome sequencing initiative, is very simple. All the relevant data and
| accumulated intelligence on a particular disease, tuberculosis to begin with,
| would be hosted online. * *

'Open source' urged for TB drug design effort

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| One of India's top genetics researchers has called for a global,
| collaborative effort to design a new tuberculosis (TB) drug using an 'open
| source' approach. *

Open Source Pharmaceuticals - New Business Model

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| Software is not the only field affected by open source; many fields of study
| and social and political views have been affected by the growth of the
| concept of open source. Advocates in one field will often support the
| expansion of open source in other fields, including Linus Torvalds who is
| quoted as saying, "the future is open source everything." * *

Open source synthetic biology

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| Not everyone within synthetic biology takes the open-source approach, Andrew
| Hessel, an iGEM consultant who recruits teams from Canadian universities,
| told me, but the driving force behind it is iGEM and MIT (Rettberg works with
| renowned hacker-turned-synthetic biologist Tom Knight). Hessel likened the
| atmosphere to the time when computers were first becoming cheap enough to be
| affordable by anyone who wanted one, and young, bright kids began to play
| around with code. * * *

Biology Goes Open Source

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| Some of the world's biggest drug companies are finding that
| their genetic research is worth more to them if they give it away.

Pharmac publishes directly with open source

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| The team used Python, libxml/libxslt and TeX, running on Debian GNU/Linux,
| and the open document standards TeX, XML, MathML, XHTML, and Xlink, says
| Geering. *

Red Hat scores Swedish pharmacy contract

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| Apoteket, the pharmacy network, will convert to Red Hat Enterprise Linux
| running on Intel hardware, Red Hat said. Financial terms of the deal were not
| disclosed. *

Open Source Research -- the Power of Us

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| Open source methods have delivered tangible benefits in the computer
| science community. We describe here efforts to extend these principles
| to science generally, and in particular biomedical research. Open
| source research holds great promise for solving complex problems in
| areas where profit-driven research is seen to have failed. We
| illustrate this with a specific problem in organic chemistry that
| we think will be solved substantially faster with an open
| source approach.

Our Biotech Future [is Open Source]

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| Open Source biology could be a powerful tool, giving us access to
| cheap and abundant solar energy.

Open-Source Drug Safety?

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| More than a million Americans take Avandia every year; the risk
| Glaxo had found would mean thousands of extra heart attacks. But
| the company argued that the risk only occurred in patients who
| already had serious heart problems, and that it didn't show up
| in long-term clinical trials. The FDA made no decision, and no
| public statement.
| [...]
| It's an open source approach to drug safety.

Open Source Pharmaceuticals - New Business Model

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| "Open source" as applied to culture defines a culture in which
| intellectual property is made generally available. Participants
| in such a culture are able to improve and modify those products
| and redistribute them back into the community.

Thailand fed up with high drug prices - minister

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| "We have thought about this for more than five years. It's long enough,"
| said Mongkol na Songkhla, who is leading one of the biggest challenges to
| Big Pharma's patent rights in years.