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OSDD Linux

posted Sep 27, 2013, 10:51 PM by Anshu Bhardwaj

An open source Operating System for drug discovery (customized Linux), developed by Dr. G.P.S Raghava's group  (CSIR- IMTech )  is available for download. This integrates most of the open source/freely available computational tools for drug discovery and provides an, in silico platform for computer aided drug design. Click here to know more about OSDD Linux


posted Aug 12, 2013, 4:37 AM by Anshu Bhardwaj   [ updated Aug 12, 2013, 4:37 AM ]

The Department of Chemistry, IIT Madras, in collaboration with AstraZeneca  is organizing a symposium MEDCHEM 2013 focusing on Advances in Anticancer Drug Discovery and Development during October 25-26, 2013. The conference aims to bring together practicing medicinal chemists and young students on a common platform in order to promote medicinal chemistry research and education in the country.  MEDCHEM 2013 covers invited lectures on wide areas such as target identification, drug synthesis, target validation, lead identification, lead optimization, and clinical development by distinguished speakers from academia and industry. The conference will also showcase ongoing medicinal chemistry research in the country through poster presentations from scientists and students on the first day. Students are invited to participate  through a poster presentation or as an attendee. The registration deadline for the conference is September 10, 2013.

For more details find the brochure attached below or visit

posted Jul 1, 2013, 1:30 AM by Anshu Bhardwaj   [ updated Jul 1, 2013, 1:31 AM ]

Sysborg portal is now back for the OSDD Community

posted May 28, 2013, 3:50 AM by Anshu Bhardwaj   [ updated May 28, 2013, 11:54 PM ]

Sysborg portal is now back for the OSDD Community.
Please follow links on OSDD homepage to navigate to sysborg portal (


OSDD-DNDi decides to join hands to work on Leishmaniasis

posted May 25, 2013, 2:22 AM by Anshu Bhardwaj

th May 2013: In the two day meeting held at held at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, OSDD discussed the efforts to find new drugs for Leishmaniasis with experts from DNDi. Leishmaniasis is a new disease area OSDD is planning to move into. The meeting was held to deliberate on the ongoing Leishmaniasis Research at CSIR and DNDi and to chart the further course of action through active collaboration.

Sysborg portal is on maintenance from 23rd May 2013 to 27th May 2013

posted May 23, 2013, 6:36 AM by Anshu Bhardwaj   [ updated May 28, 2013, 3:34 AM ]

We are upgrading some features on Sysborg. Due to the up-gradation and maintenance tasks, Sysborg will not be available from 23rd to 27th May 2013.
We request the OSDD Community to support us and keep up the pace. We will be back on 28th May 2013.

OSDD Community Crosses 7000

posted Feb 21, 2013, 2:26 AM by Anshu Bhardwaj

The members of OSDD community will be happy to know that the total community members who have registered on Sysborg is now 7074 from 130 coun
tries.The increasing numbers show wide acceptance of OSDD across nations. The active and serious scientific discussions on Sysborg reflects the seriousness of the community in realizing the vision of OSDD.

New TB drug ready for clinical trial

posted Feb 3, 2013, 8:56 PM by Anshu Bhardwaj

A new candidate drug against tuberculosis is all set to be tried on drug-resistant TB patients in India with the hope that it would end a 50 year search for a new medicine against the disease that kills 1000 Indians daily.
Article by : Mr
Kalyan Ray,

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Award Winners of CSIR-OSDD-VP Short Film Competition-2013

posted Jan 18, 2013, 2:10 AM by Anshu Bhardwaj   [ updated Jan 18, 2013, 2:16 AM ]

The final screening of the 23 shortlisted videos of CSIR-OSDD-VP Short Film Competition-2013 on “Need of New Drugs for TB” was successfully conducted by a national jury headed by veteran actor / director Shri Amol Palekar in Kolkata during 06-07 January 2013. The following videos bagged the prizes. CSIR-OSDD congratulates all the winners and thank all the participants for their valuable contribution towards raising the visibility of the urgent need of new drugs for TB.

 Title of Film
 First Kshaya Rog: Nayee Davayen, Nayee Chunatiyan Nayee Ashayen Dr. Jayanti Dutta
 Second -1
 Need of New Drugs For TB : We Need This  Mr Srigireesh Rasiappan
 Second -2 Journey
 Mr Pradeep Gopal
 Second -3 The Need of New Drugs for TB: The Loss
 Mr Surya Venu
 Third 1
 TB : The Global Burden
 Mr Sameer Javed Wani
 Third 2
 The Need : By The Need Mr Karman Khanna
 Special Jury
 Need of New Drugs for TB
 Mr Matiur Rahman

Dr. Kalam on OSDD at Pharma Vision 2020

posted Dec 16, 2012, 8:26 PM by Anshu Bhardwaj   [ updated Dec 16, 2012, 8:26 PM ]

Dr Kalam, who launched the Pharma Vision 2020 programme in 2003, said currently India has one million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Seventy-five per cent of this human resources is involved in distribution and retailing of drugs in community and hospital sectors. Fifteen to twenty percent of the balance is employed in the areas of manufacturing, quality control, R&D, regulatory, and in academia. The remaining five-10 per cent goes for higher studies or migrates to other countries.

He told the pharmacists that there is ‘the Open Source Drug Discovery’ (OSDD) programme, a CSIR led team India consortium with global partnership, to provide affordable healthcare to the developing world. The factor that affects the developing world is the discouragement of market forces in developing drugs for infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria etc. by research based pharmaceutical companies. “In the wake of the discouraging market forces we need to explore new models of drug discovery. This is where OSDD offers a promising new model,” Kalam added.

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