Open source drug discovery

The Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) programme aims to share all information, data and ideas in real time and openly with fellow researchers.

OSDD contrasts with traditional drug discovery programmes which are typically implemented with defined teams, behind closed doors, releasing limited information into the public domain: Scientific teams compete to discover drugs with high commercial value, and feel more comfortable conducting research in secret. In neglected disease research, however, where products have low commercial value, the opportunity exists to conduct research in a more open forum. In addition, the Internet makes it much easier to share information in real time and for people located anywhere in the world to participate in projects.