Breaking Good enables young people to take part in open source drug discovery. Making new medicines is difficult and expensive. On average it takes 12 years and costs $3.6 billion to bring a new drug to market, meaning that there is little or no incentive to make new medicines for markets that cannot pay. Open source drug discovery aims to make this process quicker and cheaper by removing secrecy. In 2016, students working as part of a pilot project recreated the medicine Daraprim for just a few dollars, sparking an international conversation about access to medicine and demonstrating the impact that students can have when they are involved in real research. Engaging young people in STEM subjects is crucial to address societal challenges and equip them for future workforces. Breaking Good aims to empower students and citizens across Australia to lead worldwide projects where they can make molecules that matter.
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