Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Microryza: Kickstarter-like platform for science catches attention

We've all heard the popularity of KickStarter - one of their findings of note was the crowd sourcing for the funding of a Veronica Mars movie which has raised to this point $4 million.  Scientists have taken note of this platform and have started a version of their own - Microryza.  According to Venture Beat, this site is for the funding of project for PhDs and Professors   Each page searching for funding showcases the vision of the researcher and updates on how the project is coming along. They have seven categories of focus: education, biology, engineering, computer science, medicine, ecology and palentology.  Current projects include Developing A New Treatment For Neurodegenerative Diseases,     Real Time Data Mapping to Reduce Child Mortality, and Viral Causes of Lung Cancer.

The crowd can be a powerful backer for research projects.  This April at Partnerships in Clinical Trials, RH Bouchard & Associates, Inc, Eli Lilly, and BBK Worldwide will discuss the power of the crowd when it comes to clinical trials in the session Digital Expert Panel: Effective Social Media: Use to Advance Clinical Trials.  For more information on this session and the rest of the program, download the agenda.  If you'd like to join us this April 21-24, 2013 in Orlando, as a reader of this blog when you register to join us and mention XP1800BLOG, you'll save 15% off the standard rate!

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