I’m trying to fund startups/projects helping with COVID-19, because it’s basically the one thing I know how to do that can help. I think we will soon have enough testing capacity, so now I’d like to start funding more startups working on:
- Producing a lot of ventilators or masks/gowns very quickly. This will require a lot of repurposing and creativity but thankfully is an engineering problem not a scientific ones.
- Screening existing drugs for effectiveness.
- Novel approaches to vaccines (i.e., not doing what the big pharma companies are already doing).
- Novel therapeutics that the big pharma companies are unlikely to work on.
We tried this public spreadsheet but it didn't work that well; please email me instead.
Also, if anyone knows of a contract research company that can run a viral challenge against SARS-CoV-2 in a humanized ACE2 animal model, that would help a startup I’m working with. Please reach out!
And of course, I think the best thing to do is still to get people to stay home.