This is the digital workspace for coordination and discussion on the Belgian chapter of the Open Insulin project. The global project is being executed in local biohacking labs across the globe, with the researchers collaborating online.

Do you want to get involved and contribute to the project? Read these simple steps on how to!

Physical meetups happen every two weeks on Wednesdays at 8pm CET in the ReaGent lab in Ghent. Everyone is welcome to join.
Next physical meetup: June 21st, 8pm at Geus van Gent

Calls with the international team happen every two weeks on Mondays at 9am CET. Pop Winnie an email to join: winnie [at] breakitdown [dot] eu. Next international call: June 26th, 9am on Zoom

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.

The original Open Insulin team from Counter Culture Labs started out by attempting to modify E. Coli bacteria to produce the precursors of human insulin, which has proven successful. Next steps are purification and turning it into human insulin.

The actual lab work is done locally and the open conversation takes place online. This is the workspace for the Ghent group and we invite everyone to participate as we get the lab work underway.

Want to take part? Drop by at one of the open lab spaces in Oakland (US), Sydney (AUS) or Ghent (BE) or ping a team member to join the fortnightly conference call on Sunday/Monday.

To join this online workspace you can create an edgeryders account here. Edgeryders is a global network working to affect change in local and global environments. We use this open internet platform (self-hosted) to collaborate on different projects.

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Open Insulin: Getting Started

I started this simple wiki for beginners and experts alike to get oriented in contributing to the Open Insulin project. For beginners it should be a starting point to learn more about the technology. It should help everyone better navigate the information we have archived on the Google Drive.

This wiki contains:

Biohackathon at Waag Society 8-9 July

Waag Society and Digi.bio are organising a biohackathon on July 8-9 in Amsterdam. They asked if we are up for joining with a team of 4-5 people. We will be able to experiment with the open source microfluidics chips Digi.bio has developed.

The event will be a mix of presentations and hands-on work, with a focus on the latter. Many experts in the field will be there. Waag Society itself is of course also worth a visit!

This is a good occassion to get some more input on the plans we have regarding microfluidics.

Open Insulin meeting June 7th

Our next meeting is on June 7th, 8 pm @ ReaGent. Maybe we will have to move to a location close by, as we are in the process of moving.

I though I'd share a tentative agenda beforehand:

  • Rita made an overview of the requirements for starting the lab work, here. How do we put together the funds and who has materials to donate?

  • Lab work planning for when the plasmids arrive

Lab thread

Got some news that CCL is ready to ship us the plasmids within the week, and maybe the organisms. @ritavht has been looking up the stuff for growing up the organisms if they come as a culture. Now there's also the possibility that we'll start from the plasmids, so we should prepare for that as well.

... and this is you!

I made a quick network sketch of the OpenInsulin conversation and how it fits in OpenCare as a whole. This is you:

Open Insulin convo

And this is OpenCare as a whole. The visual identity of nodes is preserved by keeping them in the same position across the two graphs. Color means degree, with redder nodes being more connected.

Opencare convo

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Biohackathon at Waag Society 8-9 July

Waag Society and Digi.bio are organising a biohackathon on July 8-9 in Amsterdam. They asked if we are up for joining with a team of 4-5 people. We will be able to experiment with the open source microfluidics chips Digi.bio has developed.

The event will be a mix of presentations and hands-on work, with a focus on the latter. Many experts in the field will be there. Waag Society itself is of course also worth a visit!

This is a good occassion to get some more input on the plans we have regarding microfluidics.

Open Insulin meeting June 7th

Our next meeting is on June 7th, 8 pm @ ReaGent. Maybe we will have to move to a location close by, as we are in the process of moving.

I though I'd share a tentative agenda beforehand:

  • Rita made an overview of the requirements for starting the lab work, here. How do we put together the funds and who has materials to donate?

  • Lab work planning for when the plasmids arrive

Lab thread

Got some news that CCL is ready to ship us the plasmids within the week, and maybe the organisms. @ritavht has been looking up the stuff for growing up the organisms if they come as a culture. Now there's also the possibility that we'll start from the plasmids, so we should prepare for that as well.

... and this is you!

I made a quick network sketch of the OpenInsulin conversation and how it fits in OpenCare as a whole. This is you:

Open Insulin convo

And this is OpenCare as a whole. The visual identity of nodes is preserved by keeping them in the same position across the two graphs. Color means degree, with redder nodes being more connected.

Opencare convo

Infographics for the Open Insulin project

Hi everyone!

I’m Pieter, an information designer living and working in Ghent. I’ll design the infographics for the Open Insulin project. Before I can start we need to define the content and the target of the graphics.  

I like the idea from Niek that most of the people in Flanders know diabetes as  “The Sugar” This could be a good start to attract people to the graphics with something they are already familiar with. This could be used in a big title that immediately draws the attention.

A few points I would like discuss:

1. Target public? 

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Open Insulin: Getting Started

I started this simple wiki for beginners and experts alike to get oriented in contributing to the Open Insulin project. For beginners it should be a starting point to learn more about the technology. It should help everyone better navigate the information we have archived on the Google Drive.

This wiki contains:

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