The COVID-19 crisis has only increased my belief we need to do MUCH more with the model of public-private partnership. Such partnerships can do much more than any single entity or sector can do by themselves. And, we're seeing it happen in this crisis.
The U.S. federal government has announced the creation of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, a public-private partnership to make available super-computing tools to assist researchers to rapidly explore and evaluate potential compounds to treat and/or prevent the effects of the virus.
The researchers absolutely could not do this research at the scale and speed without such support. The P3 model can deliver incredible results - with this is a prime example. Stay safe.
Already, researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory — home to the world's most-powerful supercomputer Summit — and the University of Tennessee have used the computing resources to screen 8,000 compounds to determine which are "most likely to bind to the main 'spike' protein of the coronavirus, rendering it unable to infect host cells," Gil said. From the results, researchers recommended 77 small-molecule drug compounds for experiments.