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How open-source medicine could prepare us for the next pandemic

Hello! The global effort to develop tests, treatments, and vaccines for COVID-19 is revealing just ho
Hello!
The global effort to develop tests, treatments, and vaccines for COVID-19 is revealing just how quickly drugs can be made when pharmaceutical companies and researchers collaborate. Now, this newly cooperative mood has some scientists thinking about how an open-source approach to the drug development process could become more permanent—and fill gaps in drug development left by the profit-oriented American pharmaceutical system.
Most ardently trying to achieve this vision of open-source medicine is Jaykumar Menon, a human rights lawyer with a penchant for solving intractable problems. He has begun to develop an open-source platform for discovering and developing treatments to some of the world’s most persistent diseases. Now, Menon and his colleagues are turning their attention to COVID-19. They plan to find a way to sustain an open-source drug discovery platform—one that will give us the best chance at preparing for the next pandemic. Read more here.

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