Lowering industry firewalls: pre-competitive informatics initiatives in drug discovery.

TitleLowering industry firewalls: pre-competitive informatics initiatives in drug discovery.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBarnes MR, Harland L, Foord SM, Hall MD, Dix I, Thomas S, Williams-Jones BI, Brouwer CR
JournalNat Rev Drug Discov
Date Published2009 Sep
KeywordsComputer Simulation, Diffusion of Innovation, Drug Design, Drug Industry, Economic Competition, Efficiency, Humans, Informatics, Pharmaceutical Preparations, Pharmacology, Clinical

<p>Pharmaceutical research and development is facing substantial challenges that have prompted the industry to shift funding from early- to late-stage projects. Among the effects is a major change in the attitude of many companies to their internal bioinformatics resources: the focus has moved from the vigorous pursuit of intellectual property towards exploration of pre-competitive cross-industry collaborations and engagement with the public domain. High-quality, open and accessible data are the foundation of pre-competitive research, and strong public-private partnerships have considerable potential to enhance public data resources, which would benefit everyone engaged in drug discovery. In this article, we discuss the background to these changes and propose new areas of collaboration in computational biology and chemistry between the public domain and the pharmaceutical industry.</p>

Alternate JournalNat Rev Drug Discov
PubMed ID19609266