OSPF is a fledgling organisation with credentials. Founders include Bernard Munos, ex-adviser on corporate strategy at Eli Lilly, and Jaykumar Menon of McGill University, Canada, a human-rights lawyer who has turned his attention to drugs for neglected diseases. Ex-head of R&D at AstraZeneca India, Tanjore Balganesh, will run product development partnership (PDP) for OSPF to manage development and manufacturing from Bangalore, India.
OSPF is not the only drug project using open methods. It is actually a direct descendant of Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD), an Indian Government consortium that has, since 2008, led thousands of academics and undergraduates across India to work on tuberculosis (Balganesh was OSDD's project head).