Georgia Tech — Research on Lipid Nanoparticles (James Dahlman)

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $882,000 over two years to Georgia Tech to support a collaboration between Professor James Dahlman and Professor Jeffrey Glenn, of Stanford University, to develop and test novel lipid nanoparticles for use in antiviral drug candidates intended to prevent infections by all beta-coronaviruses and influenza strains. Effective pan-influenza and -coronavirus antiviral drugs could avert hundreds of thousands of deaths annually and minimize the spread of highly infectious and lethal strains of the viruses.

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

Georgia Institute of Technology — Biology Research (Saad Bhamla)

Saad Bhamla conducting research at Georgia Tech. (Photo courtesy of Saad Bhamla)

Grant Investigators: Chris Somerville and Heather Youngs

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $50,000 to the Georgia Institute of Technology to support research led by Sadd Bhamla. Dr. Bhamla’s proposal, “Feathers as extreme water pumps,” was submitted in response to our Innocentive challenge on bioinspiration and unusual biology. While this funding is not restricted to the execution of that proposal, our science team believes Dr. Bhamla’s lab conducts other creative research, and wants to reward the spirit of creative science.

This falls within our work on scientific research, specifically within our interest in advancing transformative basic science.