Person: Dr Aled Edwards

The pandemic pushed open science forward in Canada, but the gains have been modest

The COVID-19 pandemic has been called a “stress test” for open science — one that, by most accounts, it passed. The sharing of new scientific knowledge and data about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its impacts has been fast and furious. But not all experts are convinced that open will become the new norm for science in Canada. At least, not yet. 

Aled Edwards

Drug discovery requires a new paradigm

Editor’s Note: As drug development costs rapidly spiral upwards, the number of new drug approvals continues to drop. The pharmaceutical industry is closing many of its North American R&D clusters and moving to lower-cost jurisdictions.