Open Source Drug Discovery for Malaria Meeting - Opening Comments



Opening remarks at the Open Source Drug Discovery for Malaria meeting at The University of Sydney, February 24th 2012. Speaker is Dr Mat Todd, The University of Sydney.

a) The question to address is whether we can we do open drug discovery collaboratively, without patents?
b) This is a very different way of doing things, and therefore interesting in itself.
c) The shift of a lab book on a desk to one on the web is a basic one, but powerful because the internet allows unrestricted collaboration.
d) Open projects have no ownership, unlike the way we do science currently
e) Open projects have fluid composition and leadership
f) Sponsorship for this meeting came from the International Program Development Fund, The University of Sydney and the Sydney osdd project funding from the Medicines for Malaria Venture
g) Diverse participants in the meeting include Saman Habib from the OSDDm project based in India