The 4th Commons Congress will take place in San Francisco, 19-20 April 2013, around the theme of "The Truth of Personalized Medicine: Our Commons Future".
Now three years old, Sage Bionetworks is coming into its own in piloting components needed to build a biomedical research commons. We've been busy - creating computational models of disease, releasing infrastructure for collaborative data-driven research, and exploring the boundaries of commons-based governance in health and medicine.
On the way we've heard a lot about personalized medicine and what it will be in the future. We've seen some of the progress made by individuals or single organizations and think it is important we now all consider how we best address this complex and moveable concept.
This year, the Congress is not going to be about how the public can help us at Sage Bionetworks. It's about how we at Sage Bionetworks can help the public build the commons. We want to engage with organizations and individuals that are real cornerstones to success in achieving this goal. Within the congress we will be challenging you to define projects for Sage Bionetworks to help you take on - clinical studies, modeling challenges, patient community formation, and more - and we'll be choosing some of the best to take forward as core Sage Bionetworks priorities after the Congress.
About Sage Bionetworks
Sage Bionetworks was formed as a strategic nonprofit research organization with a mission to coordinate and link academic and commercial biomedical researchers through a Commons that represents a new paradigm for genomics intellectual property, researcher cooperation, and contributor-evolved resources.
We are located on the campus of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington and are supported through a portfolio of philanthropic donations, competitive research grants, and commercial partnerships.