Dutch online startup, scale-up community funds international research into COVID-19
Eighteen entrepreneurs from the Dutch online startup and scale-up community are joining forces to finance an international study by Erasmus MC into the clinical picture of COVID-19. The research focuses on the influence of medications used on the course of the clinical picture of COVID-19. The initiative is a collaboration of the internet entrepreneurs affiliated with the LOEY Foundation. The LOEY Awards organized annually by them were canceled for the first time in eleven years.
Professor Hugo van der Kuy is conducting research at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam into the influence of different medications on the course of the clinical picture of COVID-19. The results of this research can predict whether certain medicines that people use in the home situation worsen an infection with COVID-19 or have a protective effect. Due to the international importance of this research, sixty hospitals from thirteen different countries have already registered to participate, which makes it possible to use the data of more than five thousand patients.
In addition, more than one hundred and thirty scientists from all over the world have signed up to collaborate. Several startup and scale-up entrepreneurs, affiliated with the network of the LOEY Awards, together with the LOEY board, finance the research for a period of three years.
Hugo van der Kuy, research leader at Erasmus MC said: ''This research is strongly based on collaboration and would have been impossible without the internet and social media. It is great that 'internet entrepreneurs' give this research an extra boost with this subsidy.''