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Open Source Drug Discovery: Finding a Niche (or Maybe Several)

Stephen M. Maurer

University of California, Berkeley

April 1, 2007

Despite their novelty and importance, open source methods have been largely been limited to software. However, scholars have long suggested that it would be logical to organize at least one other field - drug discovery - using open source principles. This paper reviews today's relatively tentative attempts to organize open source biology collaborations and argues that more ambitious projects are feasible. Five specific projects are proposed and analyzed in detail. The article concludes by examining the special legal problems of writing open source licenses in the patent-dominated field of biology.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: open source biology, open source drug discovery, open source

JEL Classification: L17

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Date posted: March 30, 2008  

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Maurer, Stephen M., Open Source Drug Discovery: Finding a Niche (or Maybe Several) (April 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1114371 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1114371

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University of California, Berkeley ( email )
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
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