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Insider Views of Collaborative R&D for Health: Q&A with Zakir Thomas

02 August 2012

Hassan Masum is the co-author of the Center’s reportOpen Source for Neglected Diseases: Magic Bullet or Mirage?

This is the fourth in a series of interviews by Hassan Masum of leaders of collaborative health R&D programs. This series looks at how collaborative R&D can advance health technologies, and how its success can be gauged.

Zakir Thomas is the Project Director of Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD). Based in India, OSDD has attracted over 6000 contributors. Focused on drug discovery for tuberculosis, it has recently begun investigating malaria as well.

HASSAN: To start off, what’s the big problem that you’re trying to solve with OSDD?

ZAKIR: The big problem we are addressing is to get new drugs to the market. We started with tuberculosis, and that remains our first target, but we decided to extend this to malaria…..

Read complete interview at: http://healthresearchpolicy.org/blog/2012/aug/2/insider-views-collaborative-rd-health-qa-zakir-thomas


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August 6, 2012 at 5:40 am

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