Experimenting With Drugs In The Cloud

This is a cutting edge concept that researchers should consider to counter the effects of Eroom’s Law. For all you computer nerds, yes, that is Moore’s Law spelled backwards.

Eroom’s Law works on the idea that the number of new drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) per billion US dollars spent on research and development will split in half about every 9 years. Translation: researchers need money to fund their drug experiment habit. The problem with this is money isn’t always easy to come by for unproven, experimental drugs.

TechCrunch

A science lab in Mountain View, CA is creating faster and cheaper drug experiments by putting them in the cloud. Starting today, they’re letting other scientists access their cloud lab to help spur a radical change in the way we test new drugs. The key, says co-founder of Emerald Cloud Laboratory, D.J. Kleinbaum, is automated robots.

ECL grew out of Silicon Valley biotech startup Emerald Therapeutics. Founders Kleinbaum and Brian Frezza, both life long friends who grew up houses apart on Emerald Drive in Philly, got the idea for the cloud lab out of something called Eroom’s Law. For all you computer nerds, yes, that is Moore’s Law spelled backwards.

Eroom’s Law works on the idea that the number of new drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) per billion US dollars spent on research and development will split in half about every 9 years…

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