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Any suggestions on how to set up a fund for DRACO, a universal antiviral that could wipe out ME/CFS?

Discussion in 'Fundraising' started by Hip, May 31, 2014.

  1. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    In this thread there is a discussion about funding a universal antiviral drug called DRACO, which has in early tests proved effective against a wide range of viruses, and should be able to wipe out the viruses that are linked to ME/CFS, (enterovirus, HHV-6, Epstein-Barr virus), thereby quite possibly curing ME/CFS, or at least significantly ameliorating it.

    However, in spite of the initial funding for studies which showed DRACO works in mice (this funding was in part from military sources for counter bioterrorism purposes), further funding for DRACO has not been forthcoming, in spite of its huge and universal potential.

    An existing crowd-funding campaign for DRACO has been set up here; however, it would be a very good idea if the ME/CFS community began their own crowd-funding campaign for DRACO.

    Here are the sort of funds that are required to move DRACO forward:


    Does anyone here have knowledge, experience or suggestions about how to kick-start a crowd-funding campaign for DRACO from the ME/CFS community? If so, please post your suggestions.
     
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  2. RYO

    RYO Senior Member

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    Thanks HIP for starting this thread.

    The following comments are from previous post :

    I think it would be in the best interest of CFS / ME community to use our own or develop our own funding organization instead of contributing directly to DRACO fund individually. It would be nice if we could collaborate with other research groups such as those at Stanford, Chronic fatigue initiative (Hutchins Family Foundation) and other organizations in UK and AU.
     
  3. ScottT

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    Hello,

    I wanted to give you all an update on The Draco Fund. I started the push to create it a few years back and after overcoming a few hurdles I'm happy to say that it is up and running. We received our 501.3c status and are currently accepting donations.

    www.thedracofund.org

    Thank you all for your interest and I wish you all the best
     
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  4. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    Hi ScottT

    Thanks for the update.

    Do you know if Dr Todd Rider is himself pursuing further research grants for his work, or has that proved unfruitful?

    Also, do know why the funding for Dr Rider's research dried up in the first place? I understand his work was originally funded with the help of some military organizations, for counter-bioterrorism purposes. Presumably the bioterrorism threat must have been downgraded.

    If they had successfully completed the research and brought DRACO antiviral to market, they likely would have recouped its costs — and saved thousands of lives — in the current Ebola virus crisis.

    Not to mention the inevitable arrival of an Asian bird flu global pandemic at some point in the future, that will likely kill many millions.

    You'd think the few 100 thousand necessary to take DRACO forward would be forthcoming from government, given this outlook.
     
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  5. ScottT

    ScottT

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    Hi Hip,

    Dr. Rider's work is being funded for veterinary applications. Also, he is still receiving a grant from the NIH, however, DRACO research has progressed passed the scope of the NIH's mandate. As I understand it, the government only funds basic research. I have seen a recent push to help in translation and I did call a few months back to inquire about the program but I was told it did not match.

    On the bioterrorism threat, I have no information. It may be that the areas seen as the highest threat already have therapeutics that are farther down the line in terms of testing. Case in point would be the Ebola vaccine that I read may be ready for front line medical professionals by the end of the year.

    As to the rest of what you wrote... You are describing what drives me. I am self-taught in the biosciences where I've read thousands of pages of texts and research (just to give you the level to which I've studied, I have a paper under peer review). I was handed Dr. Rider's paper in 2011 and I've been doing everything could think of, in what free time I had at night, to get DRACO research funded. In my opinion, DRACO may very well end up being historic in its ability to save life, and I will not stand by and watch it go unfunded. Earlier this year, I made it my full time job. I have been doing this all pro bono thus far and the expenses, such as filing for 501.3c, have been covered by myself and two dedicated people who have been giving me what help they can.

    Now that The Draco Fund is up and running, people have come in with money and services to help. I would ask everyone who cares, to please come to our site and donate what you can... then spread the word.

    Thank you,
    Scott
    www.thedracofund.org
     
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  6. Starfive

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    Hi Scott, I am trying to open the links to the dracofund and the browser just hangs. Could you check and see if anything is wrong. Really interested in learning more. Thanks for your dedication!
     
  7. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    I have no problem viewing the www.thedracofund.org site on Safari, Firefox and Chrome on both Mac and PC.
     
  8. ScottT

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    Hi Starfive,

    I am sorry you are having problems.. I did confirm that our servers have not reported any problems. Can you tell me what browser and operating system you are using. You are the first to report the problem and we want to make sure no one has any problems accessing our site.

    Thank you!
     
  9. halcyon

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    The link in Hip's original post appears to be not working (dracofund.org instead of thedracofund.org) so if you clicked on that it won't work.
     
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  10. ScottT

    ScottT

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    Thank you Halcyon... Does the link in my post work?
     
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    halcyon Senior Member

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    Yes, your link works fine for me.
     
  12. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    Well spotted. OK, I have just updated the link in my original post to the new www.thedracofund.org web address that does work.
     
  13. Starfive

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    Thanks for the update. The link above in Hip's post works just fine!
     
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    Thanks for the good news. Now to work on funding...
     
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  16. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    The DRACO fund has been closed down, apparently as a result of the actions of Draper Laboratory.

    The "Killing Sickness" DRACO Fund Facebook page says:
     

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