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WE PAVE THE WAY FOR BETTER DRUG DEVELOPMENT WITH OPEN INNOVATION IN SCIENCE

With 54,5 M DKK from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the ODIN project has three years to establish a network of academic and industrial researchers, who can co-create research projects that will help pave the way for better and more efficient drugs and diagnostics in the future.

We believe that many minds are better than one - and therefore we work hard to unite contributors across the university-industry divide. This will help us gain a better understanding of disease at the molecular level, which is essential to accelerate drug discovery.

Therefore, with a starting point in unmet patient needs, ODIN funds research projects about biomarkers and target validation.


THE ODIN COLLABORATION MODEL

Our model for open innovation in science builds on two cornerstones:

  • We offer an approach to IP that allows our contributors to openly share their research data and technologies up to TRL 3, (when the projects are ready for potential commercialization)
  • We facilitate the co-creation of ideas and provide a structured process for between university researchers and industry stakeholders.

All research within ODIN occurs at the pre-competitive stages of drug discovery – that is entirely without IP – and because all knowledge and results will be openly shared, the funded ODIN projects will build a strong foundation of basic science knowledge and analytical tools that anyone can access, use or re-purpose. This means that everyone is free to use the results to e.g. develop products that can be commercially protected.

In essence, the ODIN model simplifies the initiation of university-industry collaborations and, by allowing knowledge to be made available to a broader audience, it increases and accelerates potential use. 

By removing concerns over IP protection in early stage research, ODIN not only facilitates academic-industry co-creation of projects but also drives open, collective problem-solving and sharing of scientific output.