Who we are

OSDD is a community of students, scientists, researchers, academicians, institutions, corporations and anyone who is committed to discovery of drugs in an open source mode.Open Source Drug Discovery emphasizes integrative science through collaboration, open-sharing, taking up multifaceted approaches and accruing benefits from advances on different fronts of new drug discovery. Because the open source model is based on community participation, it has the potential to self-sustain continuous development by generating a storehouse of alternatives towards continued pursuit for new drug discovery. Numerous academic and research intuitions along with industries are partnering with CSIR in Open Source Drug Discovery Project.

The OSDD approach is to conduct early stage research in an open environment in a highly collaborative fashion involving best minds from across the world. In the development stage of the drug it collaborates with partners like contract research organizations in the pharmaceutical sector or public sector institutions with development capability. The conduct of research and development in the countries having disease burden, yet having competencies, will bring in skills at highly affordable scale.

 To deliver drugs to the market OSDD relies on the generic industry business model. The generic drug industry has played a key role in making drugs affordable and accessible in the developing world. The drugs that come out of OSDD will be made available like a generic drug without any IP encumbrances so that the generic drug industry can manufacture and sell it through their channels anywhere in the world. The generic drug industry based market model creates the environment of affordability.

 OSDD brings in the concept of open source, crowd source, open science, open innovation and product development partnership concepts on the same platform and leaves delivery of drugs to market forces.

We believe that any attempt to structurally develop Open Source movement is false. However, to start with, one needs a structure and hence the following functions as the core.

Chief coordinator and Mentor: 

Prof. Samir K. Brahmachari             
Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research,Govt.of India.& Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

Distinguished Scientist

Dr T.S Balganesh
 CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation

Project Director 

Zakir Thomas 
Open Source Drug Discovery Initiative
CSIR, Anusandhan Bhawan,2 Rafi Marg, 
New Delhi-110001, India

                                E-mail: zt@csir.res.in

Lead PI’s of OSDD:                    Coordinating PI’s of OSDD

Dr S.K Brahmachari                    Dr Anshu Bhardwaj
Dr T.S.Balganesh                        Dr Vinod Scaria
Dr.T.K Chakraborty                      Dr Geetha Vani Rayasam
Dr Saman Habib                          Dr Haridas Rode
Shri Zakir Thomas                       Dr Sarla Balachandran
                                                 Dr Ashwani Kumar
                                                 Dr G.P.S Raghava

Project Investigators and Students from: 

CSIR Laboratories across India: 

Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi
Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), Jammu
Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh
National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune
National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali
National JALMA Institute for Leprosy & Other Mycobacterial Diseases (ICMR-JALMA)
Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow   
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Universities and Academic Institutes

Acharya Narendra Dev College

Bangalore univserity

Bharathidasan University

Calicut University

Calcutta University

CDFD, Hyderabad 


Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar University 

Guru Nanak Dev University

IIT Kharagpur

IIT, Madras
IIT Bombay

IIT Kanpur,

IIT Technology Guwahati

IIT Delhi

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi
Kalyani University

Loyola College

Pune University

Malabar Christian College

Manipur University

MG university 

Miranda House

Pondicherry University 

Pune University

SASTRA University

Saurashtra University 

University Of Delhi

University of North Bengal,

University of Burdwan,

University of Madras

University of Goa

University of Jammu,

University of Hyderabad

University of Kerala

Vidyasagar university    [contact here to join]





India 800 Foundation


Jalaja Technologies

Premas Biotech


Spicy IP

Sun Microsystems

TCG LifeSciences [contact here to join]


Anshu Bhardwaj,
Jan 27, 2012, 12:25 AM