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Just One Giant Summit

Open Source Medical Innovation

Medical innovation is understood globally as being very expensive and patent-dependent. However, communities around the world are working successfully on democratising medical technologies by making them open source and low-cost.

Medical innovation is famed as being extremely expensive, complex and only reserved to high-end companies and laboratories. Because of the R&D cost and amount of risk a company has to take to develop a medical innovation, patents have been the core piece of the Pharma innovation complex. This has created a culture where open source technologies are regarded as detrimental to a successful business model for a Pharma company. 

The consequence of this culture is: 

(1) a lack of sharing and so a high risk/cost for a single company to making foundational advances alone and 

(2) a disregard toward potential technologies/ideas that would be not patentable. But does this have to be the norm? Can open source and communities help bring the cost of medical R&D and products down and make medical services and treatment more globally available?

In this track, we have invited leading open source medical innovation projects and communities to share their motivation, experience and approach to solving a medical problem openly. 

Medical Wetware Session:  

Introduction to the session 

11:00 - 11:05 CET

By: Thomas Landrain (JOGL)

Open source molecular diagnostic test for COVID19 [Talks]

11:05 – 11:25 CET

By: Rachel Aronoff (Hackuarium) and Fran Quero (Learning Planet Institute)

Open source insulin [Talk]

11.25 – 11:40 CET

By: Anthony Di Franco (Open Source Insulin Foundation)

Open Source Vaccinology [Talk]

11.40 – 11:55 CET

By: Alex Hoekstra (RaDVaC)

Medical Wetware Round Table [Q&A with all speakers]

11:55 - 12:20 CET

Facilitated by Thomas Landrain (JOGL)


Medical Hardware Session: 


Open Magnetic Resonance Imagery [Talk]

12:20 – 12:35 CET

By: Tom O'Reilly (Leiden University Medical Center)

Observed challenges with Open Hardware Innovation [Talk]

12:20 – 12:40 CET

By: Amish Chadha (Helpful Engineering)

Medical Hardware Round Table [Q&A with all speakers]

12:40 - 13:00 CET

Facilitated by Thomas Landrain (JOGL)

Find out more about the Speakers by looking at their JOGL profile (find them in the members tab) 

*This Track is part of Just One Giant Summit: the first community science and innovation conference. For more details on the Summit, including date, schedule, location, etc., return to the main event page here.

Open source
Medical device
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3Good Health and Well-being
9Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
10Reduced Inequalities
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12Responsible Consumption and Production
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