Science Commons announced the launch of Health Commons, a project co-founded with CommerceNet, CollabRX and the Public Library of Science that's designed to speed up drug discovery and development. The approach involves "enabling more companies, foundations, laboratories or even individuals to conduct research on disease targets efficiently," according to Science Commons, adding:

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