Inside each of us lies a vast potential to fight disease. From viral and parasitic to bacterial infections and cancers, the immune system is the human body’s primary defence mechanism. Due to its immense scale, scientists have never been able to characterize the core parts by which it adapts to and fights disease.
But dramatic technological advances in genomics, bioinformatics, and frontier computing make it now possible to decode the human immune system for the first time. To achieve this goal, our scientific plan focuses on three areas:
- Understanding the rules and components of immunity
- Creating AI-driven models of immunity
- Establishing the blueprint for next generation vaccines and immunotherapies
In the first three years of the Human Vaccines Project, we have already:
Open sourced the first sequencing of the human immune system.
- Used machine learning to predict who will and will not respond to vaccination.
- Established one of the world’s leading scientific consortiums across industry, government, and academia.
In the next five years, we aim to accomplish the following:
Finish the initial genetic sequencing of the human immune system.
- Determine the initial rules by which the immune system fights disease.
- Develop the first AI models of the human immune system.
Successfully achieving these objectives will significantly advance our ability to combat disease, and directly enable scientists around the globe to develop potent vaccines and therapeutics against humanity’s most devastating diseases.