Merck KGaA has announced that its Foundry DevTools library, created with Palantir Technologies, will be freely available to users on Github, an open-source repository of code and software development resources. Merck and other pharma giants have used the platform for drug development and real-world evidence (RWE) analysis. This move marks a first for the platform.
Real-world data (RWD) sources are used across the world but are governed by their origin countries, which often have different legal frameworks than the nation they are used in. These conflicts over “data sovereignty,” as it is called, hold back research and development and create international issues of patient privacy. A potential path forward is the use of synthetic data, simulated data based on existing datasets.