Open Source Pharma Foundation

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= "Using open source principles, and by nurturing a movement, we seek to create affordable new medicines in areas of great health need".



"The Open Source Pharma Foundation is a global non-profit organization with offices in Bangalore and Paris. We seek to discover new drugs, and a new way to discover drugs.

Our aim is to develop affordable new therapies in areas of great health need, by using open source principles derived from the software industry. We leverage exponential advances in computing power and collaborative technologies; alternative approaches to intellectual property; and the vast reach of the generics industry.

​​In brief, open source pharma is:

1) crowdsourced and computer-driven drug discovery;

2) IT-enabled clinical trials with open data and crowdsourcing; and

3) generics manufacture ​ Through nurturing the open source pharma global movement, building platforms for international scientific collaboration, convening global conferences, and conducting open source-enabled pharmaceutical research, we are working towards an alternative, end-to-end pharmaceutical system." (


"The idea of applying open source principles derived from the software industry to the pharmaceutical industry, and to the process of drug discovery, has a long history. The pioneers must be acknowledged. Early papers include Can Open-Source R&D Reinvigorate Drug Research? (2006) in Nature by Bernard Munos. Pioneering institutionalizations include the government of India’s Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD), which has assembled over 50 Indian universities, carried out over 100 research projects, and identified more than 60 potential drug targets of tuberculosis. They also include the pathbreaking Open Source Malaria (OSM), founded by Matthew Todd. In 2013, the Tata Trusts funded the TATA CSIR-OSDD Fellowship (TCOF), providing open source drug discovery fellowships to students and young researchers conducting research for neglected diseases through methods of crowdsourcing.

​Early meetings and conferences include a WHO meeting in London. At conferences in 2014 in Bellagio, Italy and in 2015 in Rauischholzhausen, Germany, the concept was further vetted. In 2015, the Tata Trusts decided to expand its activities in the area. In 2018, with funds received from the Tata Trusts, which support philanthropic work in India, the OSPF commenced operations. OSPF established an office in Paris in 2019 and seeks to expand and nurture the open source pharma community, to build an open source innovation model for the pharma sector, and to actually try to deliver affordable new therapies in areas of great health need, particularly for infectious diseases affecting the marginalized communities around the world."

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