From Private to Public

As head of a unique pharma-academia consortium, Aled Edwards has helped scientists solve the 3D structures of hundreds of disease-related proteins and deposited them in an open access bank—at half the usual cost.

As an undergraduate at McGill University in Montreal, Aled Edwards spent most of his time playing football and enjoying various intramural sports, like baseball and basketball—and in the biochemistry lab, completing the coursework for his degree. “I was surprised that I could successfully combine my intellectual pursuits and my athletic and social interests,” says Edwards.

His ability to marry such different passions proved to be a valuable skill when, in 2003, he became the director of the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), a nonprofit organization that leads a consortium of pharmaceutical and academic scientists as they work together to solve the 3D structures of proteins involved in disease and use those structures to design...

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