Johns Hopkins Public [Drug] Library

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: health, innovation, medical, research & development | Tags: , |

Johns Hopkins Univerity has a public library.  A public drug library, that is.  The collection currently contains ~3,000 of the ~10,000 drugs known to medicine.  They hope to have the collection complete by 2011. 

The purpose of this collection is to assist researchers interested in finding new uses for old drugs.  This can be a great thing in an era where it can take many years and many, many millions of dollars to develop a new drug.

Researchers, who do not have to be affiliated with JHU, typically request samples of the entire collection; they receive “miniscule” amounts of each drug for appoximately $5,000 – the cost of shipping and replenishment.

Demand from this and other (much smaller) drug libraries has grown recently, due to the availability of technologies that significantly speed up screening.  For the full story, see the April 27th edition of the International Herald Tribune.   Fascinating! –nks

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