This is a meetup of a few hours organized in the context of the Open Source Body week in La Paillase, Makery and Gaite Lyrique, about the interface of Open Hardware and Health.
We would like to invite all CRI researchers, students, or staff and other external guest to meet and discuss with Alexey Zaytsev, hardware designer based in Shenzhen, China; André Maia Chagas, part of the initiative TREND in Africa and creator of Flypi, a 100€ fluorescence microscope; and Guy Aildeberg, PhD student in CRI, developing a low cost DNA detection kit. We will know more about their projects, meet each other over a glass of wine or juice, and discuss about personal cases and general trends in this field.
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Researchers in life science often find difficult to apply their research to an actual case in healthcare: the process to bring a discovery from the bench to the bedside is full of legal and financial requirements. Despite of this, in drug discovery there is a flow of funding, patents, ideas, and experts being exchanged between academia, public health systems, and corporations.
That is not the case for hardware and software used for healthcare and diagnostics (e.g. devices to identify cancer cells in blood, chemicals in urine, or monitoring of vital signs). Most of research labs in life sciences do not have the expertise to propose open hardware solutions to the problems they are focusing. Others cannot standardize and document hardware so that other researchers can use it, or do not find expertise to bring these prototypes to production.
Compared to drug discovery, hardware and software have a greater potential to be open source (copyright-free, distributed development) upon distribution and commercialization. This is due to a lower need for funding, and a stronger support for open source in academia and corporations. Open hardware/software can improve the accessibility to healthcare, lowering the cost and also proposing technical and logistic improvements.
Thanks to l’Institut Innovant de Formation par la Recherche (IIFR), the EU Commission H2020 program Doing it Together Science (DITOS), and the Frontieres du Vivant Doctoral School (FdV PhD), for their funding. All of them part of the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity of Paris.
This project has received funding from the European Union's. Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 709443.
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