Below is a list of projects applying open source principles to R&D for the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about each initiative and contribute to the effort. Together, we seek to address the pandemic and leverage collaborative approaches.
LIST OF PROJECTS
Open Source COVID-19 Vaccine
Humanity’s urgent need for a vaccine, or set of vaccines, for SARS-CoV-2 needs no elaboration. Quite simply, this is one of the more pressing scientific/humanitarian needs of the century.
There is an enormous amount of ongoing work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The bulk of it, however, is along business-as-usual lines, with heavy competition among companies, even nations. (See “Search for Coronavirus Vaccine Becomes a Global Competition,” NY Times, March 19, 2020).
In open source software, not only are the incoming and outgoing results widely usable, but the very process of development itself, the actual daily work, is open, collaborative, global. The magic of this collaboration created, for example, Linux, which dominates the supercomputer market, and the LAMP stack, which birthed the World Wide Web. Can we learn from these principles, and apply them to the process of vaccine R&D?
If we were really serious about developing a vaccine, we would not work through single labs, or even consortia. Rather, we would have the entire world look at the problem at once.
Project partner, European Vaccine Initiative.
Open Source COVID-19 Drugs: In Silico Drug Repurposing
This crowdsourcing for open source COVID-19 drug repurposing research project can be broken down into the following steps:
A. Crowdsource to build a systems biology model for the virus, and for drug target identification.
B. Virus target on host receptor (ACE2) modeling.
C. Host factors that can protect from the virus.
Project conceptualized by and mentored by Professor Samir K. Brahmachari.
Open Source COVID-19 Drugs: Crowdsourced Innovative Virtual Screening Hypotheses
This is a Massive Online Open Research (MOOR) initiative for COVID-19, a global collaborative research effort that seeks to tap into the minds of scientists and researchers across the world to virtually screen molecules to fight the virus. Through collective intelligence and open source approaches, we can support the rapid discovery of molecules and COVID-19 targets. Phase 1 of this project involves docking various molecules in the targets of COVID-19.
Crowdsourced Face Masks
In collaboration with its community and professional networks, the Open Source Pharma Foundation (OSPF) is exploring the production and distribution of face masks to fight the spread of COVID-19. Through crowdsourcing thoughts, open source designs, and ideas from the public, we aim to help the effort to create low-cost and effective masks on a large-scale.
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