Innovating Innovation: Open Source Successes for Neglected Diseases and Beyond

Saturday, February 18, 2012: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room 121 (VCC West Building)
The predominant model of biomedical technology development relies extensively on free market forces to harness capital, infrastructure, and professional talent for drug, diagnostics, and vaccine research and development (R&D). Despite major successes, this model has left researchers and health-care practitioners largely without adequate tools to address many important scientific and humanitarian challenges. The infections of poverty including tuberculosis, schistosomiasis, and Chagas disease have suffered particular neglect. Advances are urgently needed in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of these and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), which disproportionately afflict the most marginalized, who subsist on $2 or less per day. Because commercial markets for NTD-specific health products are very limited, R&D must be as efficient and as low cost as possible. To overcome these constraints, it may be possible to adapt open-source approaches that are successful in software development. The session presents views, critical assessments, and prototypical models of open-source science. These span nonprofit, governmental, and academic sectors; apply new communication forms and practices; and leverage a global knowledge network to facilitate development of biomedical technologies for NTDs. Speakers will highlight a wide spectrum of collaborative tools and information-sharing practices intended to accelerate scientific discovery and technology development for the benefit of society.
Laura W. Musselwhite, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
Mike Gretes, Oregon State University
and Andreas Pilarinos, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
Laura W. Musselwhite, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
Heather Joseph, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
Open Access: The Current Landscape
Zakir Thomas, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Exploiting Open Source Methods To Tackle Tuberculosis by the Government of India
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