Mexico City — On Thursday, September 10th, Google.org announced that C Minds was selected to receive funding as part of the company’s efforts to support projects using innovative Al and data analytics to help understand COVID-19 and address its impacts.
C Minds will receive funds from Google.org to design and deploy a secure, and privacy-first AI-based support system (“AISS”) for clinical trials related to COVID-19 prevention and treatment. This system will allow researchers and scientists to collect, analyze, identify patterns, determine sensitivity and specificity, and connect with participants in a more agile way. The efforts will support biotech data-based public health decisions in the fight against COVID-19. Moreover, the first use case of AISS will be supporting a COVID-19 clinical trial with AeroNab, a novel technology led by Praxis Biotech LLC and implemented with leading hospitals in Latin America. The main codebase of the system will be open-sourced and easy to deploy so that other institutions can further expand it and/or deploy it in their own infrastructure.
“The global crisis requires harnessing the best tools of humanity’s toolbox,” shared Constanza Gómez Mont, founder of C Minds. “We are proud to develop, together with leading experts in the field and the support of Google.org, an AI based system that places security and privacy at its core that will support the scientific and medical community in their search for effective prevention and treatment mechanisms in the global fight against COVID-19.”
This funding is part of Google.org’s $100M commitment to COVID-19 relief efforts and organizations were selected through a competitive, merit-based review process. The funding focuses on key areas where NGOs and academic institutions have identified significant need, with an emphasis on near-term impact and solutions for vulnerable populations. Focus areas include health equity, disease spread monitoring and forecasting, frontline health worker support, secondary public health effects, and privacy-preserving contact tracing efforts.
“It’s been remarkable to see leaders across different industries, sectors, and areas of expertise come together during this critical time in our world’s history,” said Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, Head of Product Impact for Google.org. “Google.org is proud to support the efforts of these researchers and nonprofits as they work together to better understand and address the short - and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and help establish more equitable solutions to ensure everyone has access to the information and resources they need.”