Open Insulin Research Group
= to "develop the first open source protocol to produce insulin simply and economically".
"The goal: develop the first open source protocol to produce insulin simply and economically
Access to affordable insulin is not a given. Many people in poorer communities or developing countries have no way of getting appropriate treatment for diabetes. This leads to serious ilnesses such as blindness, amputations, cardiovascular disease and ultimately coma or death.
There is no generic insulin on the market and prices are kept high by patent strategies of the few companies that control the market. We're trying to change this by open sourcing the knowledge required to produce insulin.
As an obvious result this would allow production of cheaper insulin by generic suppliers. It might also enable home brewing of insulin or local microfactories in remote areas. Moreover, it can serve as a fertile soil for more open innovation and citizen science in research.
Still, the scope of this project is narrowly defined: develop and validate a production method for insulin. Patient testing and further engineering are not on the table before this important milestone."