[open-science] Please consider voting for our project in the Australian Innovation Challenge

Jenny Molloy jcmcoppice12 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 5 11:53:26 UTC 2011

Hi Mat

Thanks for letting us know about the entry - I just voted :)
I'd say it is certainly relevant to interests on the list and a great
discussion to be having! Will you be continuing forward with the team even
if you don't get the funding?

Also, would you be willing to write a blog post for science.okfn.org on
what you're planning? No rush, but if you do get an opportunity we'd love
to advertise the initiative.


On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 10:54 AM, Matthew Todd <matthew.todd at sydney.edu.au>wrote:

> All,
> I really don't want to spam this list, but I wonder if I could ask people
> to consider voting for a team I'm leading in the Australian Innovation
> Challenge. I've collected a really wonderful group of about 15 people
> together from across science and beyond, based in Sydney but including
> others, who are interested in whether we can apply lessons recently learned
> in open science to open source drug discovery in traditionally
> profit-making areas such as diabetes, obesity and cancer. If we won the
> prize (of a few thousand dollars) we'd convene a meeting early next year,
> which would be broadcast on the web, to discuss the feasibility of such
> projects, and the identities of the molecules that would be the early focus
> - most likely ex-pharma compounds which have been abandoned through side
> effects.
> Happy to discuss the idea more, of course. It's a step beyond the open
> source drug discovery for malaria project we're currently doing, and allows
> us to address head-on whether and how pharma can be involved with open
> projects. We'd start small and try to build something from the ground up.
> In the meantime, if you wish, you can vote for us in the Health category
> here:
> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/innovationchallenge
> The voting closes in the next *48 hours*, though...
> (you may be asked for an Aussie postcode, for some reason. Sydney Uni, for
> example, is 2006)
> Some back story is here, FYI:
> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/innovationchallenge/matthew-todd-drug-discovery/story-fn9dkrp5-1226212483929
> Cheers,
> Mat
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