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

28 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2008

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Stephen M. Maurer

University of California, Berkeley

Date Written: 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.

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

JEL Classification: L17

Suggested Citation

Maurer, Stephen M., Open Source Drug Discovery: Finding a Niche (or Maybe Several) (April 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

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Berkeley, CA 94720
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