Our Leading Initiatives

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A new revolution in grant funding

Grant funding is central to scientific research but few mechanisms exist to ensure it is used for what it was intended. Public and private grants rarely reward reproducable results, align incentives, or otherwise incentivize good science. We are developing the technology to automate the grant-issuance process to drive better research.

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Inspiring innovation though cross-disciplinary collaboration

We aim to incubate cross-disciplinary teams to address fundamental problems threatening human health and biomedical research. The vast majority of researchers agree that a growing lack of reproducable results is leading to a crisis in science. We are developing automated solutions and data-driven solutions to address the underlying causes in non-reproducability

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Improving how we communicate and share scientific knowledge

Enormous amounts of time and vast resources are wasted because researchers are not able to more effectively collaborate share data. For example, researchers rarely if ever share negative results (what did not work). We aim to decentralize and democratize the publication of scientific research and knowledge with open platforms designed to scale.

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Distributed platforms will accelerate science

Just as distributed ledger technology is revolutionizing finance, so too can it revolutionize science.

Digital currencies work by leveraging nodes on a distributed network that collectively host a public ledger consisting of blocks of data. A ‘block’ of transaction must be processed by these nodes and is only accepted as true and part of the official blockchain when a large portion of nodes confirm and agree that it is valid.

Similarly, a blockchain of scientific data in particular disciplines could address many of the fundamental problems threatening science. Researchers could act as ‘nodes’ on the network, collectively maintaining a public ledger of structured sceintific findings. Newly proposed scientific findings would have to be peer-reviewed and validated before being accepted on the ledger.