Drug dis­covery is by def­i­n­i­tion slow and costly. The mul­ti­phase process, which begins with basic sci­ence research and ends with clin­ical trials, can con­sume up to two decades and more than a bil­lion dollars.

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity chem­istry and chem­ical biology pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri believes an open-​​source sci­ence model will hasten the drug dis­covery process. Despite great advances in NTD research over the last decade, the global research effort is largely uncoordinated.

We’re wasting resources in a very resource-​​poor area,” says Pol­lastri, who spent nine years in the phar­ma­ceu­tical industry before tran­si­tioning to acad­emia. “There is a range of data sharing sce­narios,” he says.

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