Originally Posted: May 20, 2020
DALLAS (SMU) -Â While medical professionals everywhere have been hard at work for months searching for a cure to the COVID-19 virus, an unlikely industry has emerged to join the fight: the video game community, Dallas Innovatesâ€™ Alex Edwards reports.
A new effort fromÂ BALANCED Media|TechnologyÂ (BALANCED) andÂ Complexity GamingÂ intends to garner spare computer processing power that could help find treatments for coronavirus. The two Dallas-based organizations are encouraging anyone that works with video games to donate to the citizen science/crowdsourcing initiative called #WeAreHEWMEN, Edwards explains.
The BALANCEDâ€™s HEWMAN app will use gamersâ€™ processing power to go through more than 200,000 FDA medications and compounds, with help from SMU computational biologistÂ John Wise. Using these 200,000 compounds, between 1.5 to 3 million virtual experiments will be run, simulating attempts to dock compounds to specific locations on the virus. By identifying the compounds with the highest probability of success at treating coronavirus, Wise, who works inÂ SMU’s Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery, can test new treatments faster and therefore, potentially get a viable treatment to the market more quickly.
Read the story about this innovative collaborationÂ here.