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Crowd sourcing in drug discovery


Crowd sourcing is emerging as an open-innovation approach to promote collaboration and harness the complementary expertise of academic and industrial partners in the early stages of drug discovery. Here, we highlight examples of such initiatives and discuss key success factors.

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Monika Lessl and Khusru Asadullah are employees of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. Duncan Richards is an employee at GlaxoSmithKline. Justin. S. Bryans does not declare any competing financial interests.

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Lessl, M., Bryans, J., Richards, D. et al. Crowd sourcing in drug discovery. Nat Rev Drug Discov 10, 241–242 (2011).

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