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Northern Kentucky company on cutting edge of fighting cancer

WKYT reports Open Therapeutics’ Open Therapeutics:

Open Therapeutics develops the BactoBots and ViroBots and opens the technology up to other companies and researchers worldwide to further develop. This allows for the company to focus on the prototype and not raising millions of dollars for clinical trials.

To read more, or watch/listen to the interview, click here: WKYT, “Northern Kentucky company on cutting edge of fighting cancer” (Updated: Thu 6:35 PM, May 07, 2015)

Excerpt from the article:

“It’s not much different than what a farmer does to take a chicken and say wow, these chickens have special traits that will enhance their market ability, for example bigger legs, or larger wings,” said Barkeloo.

So in the same way researchers at Open Therapeutics want to create genetically engineered viruses and bacteria that will find and destroy cancer. The new organisms are known as virobots and bactobots. So far the research is promising in mice.”

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Open Therapeutics crowdsources orphan and dormant therapeutic intellectual properties (IP) to scientists around the world. The goal is advancing research that ordinarily has not generated a public value or been recognized. This approach particularly helps underserved scientists to collaborate with their more financially capable colleagues.

How open science helps researchers succeed:

Open access, open data, open source, and other open scholarship practices are growing in popularity and necessity. However, widespread adoption of these practices has not yet been achieved. One reason is that researchers are uncertain about how sharing their work will affect their careers.

The review of the literature demonstrates that open science is associated with increases in citations, media attention, potential collaborators, job opportunities, and funding opportunities. These findings are evidence that open science practices bring significant benefits to researchers relative to more traditional closed practices.

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