Broad Institute — Pandemic Preemption System (Pardis Sabeti and Christian Happi)

The Sabeti lab uses computational methods and genomics to understand mechanisms of evolutionary adaptation in humans and pathogens. (Photo courtesy of the Broad Institute.)
Organization Name 
Award Date 
3/2020
Grant Amount 
$1,000,000
Purpose 
To support work on a pandemic preemption system.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant Investigators: Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $1,000,000 to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to support work on a pandemic preemption system, led by Pardis Sabeti and Christian Happi of Redeemer’s University in Nigeria. The pandemic preemption system will use advanced technologies for the early detection and rapid containment of viral infections in the developing world. Sabeti is the cofounder of Sherlock Biosciences and has worked extensively on the epidemiology and management of dangerous viral diseases in Africa.

This falls within our work on scientific research, specifically within our interest in science supporting biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.