Nanome Inc. is changing the future of education in mathematics education and usage in research is experiencing a major shake-up. Thanks to Nanome, Inc., researchers, academia and the biotech professionals in life sciences, material sciences and NanoEngineering have access to the world’s first hands-on virtual reality interface with cloud computing. To understand the vision of co-founders Steve McCloskey and Keita Funakawa, you must step into the nanoscale world where the basic unit is measured at billionth particles of a meter. It is the micro-molecule small world in of a strand of hair or the length amount a fingernail will grows in a nanosecond.
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McCloskey, a member of the first graduating class in NanoEngineering at the University of California San Diego, asked the question saw a need for why isn’t a 3D virtual reality software tool that would help students learn about the nano world available to learn and help them to develop projects. He and fellow UCSD graduate, Keita Funakawa, who began coding at age 15, joined together to build the first visual 3D nanoscale application of molecules with carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen atoms on virtual reality, VR, platform. The creation of Nano-One was the first step into the future for a nanoprecision software for the STEM users.
The Vision of Nanome, Inc. begins with the Calcflow program app available from the Nanome website. McCloskey states, “When students start using the tool they start understanding the field of mathematics, and they can become professional users.” The next step is to utilize the professional products such as a current client, a Big Pharma company, who uses the small molecular drug design from the Nano Pro product of Nanome. Says McCloskey: “When students start using the tool, they begin to understand the field of mathematics, and they can go on to become professional users of the tool.”
McCloskey’s vision and Funakawa’s passion for educating through students using VR Nanome products are based on the belief that any object can be represented mathematically. Funakawa describes the process of designing a wooden staircase or ceramic cup on their using the 3D VR Nano site as a simplified formula of for the process that is transferred used by the chemical engineers of a Big Pharma client.
Mathematical proofs drive the Nanome platform of which there are three: Calcflow (basic calculus for students and researchers), Nano-One (students, and consumer facing nerfed /lite version that only includes the just chemical- building tool without the protein visualizer of Nano-Pro), and Nano Pro (purchased by clients with specific research goals for pharmaceutical sales or research professors with grants for development of new scientific methods).)
McCloskey states, “Building a road map to merge the biochemical and the physical side has not been done before.” But this is something the Nanome models of bioproteins and amino acids interaction can help to achieve. This process is still in the development stage as the Nanome founders and their team is on a building plan of adding modules to all bio-science-tech products in the upcoming five years. Because Biotech and pharma companies have different needs—and must view models in different ways— for software or different ways to view models, so Nanome must will provide models and different packages from which companies can to select the best fit.
The future Nanome product will be commutable to other different industries. Modules can be created and added to provide many compartments on the shelf ready to purchase. CEO Says McCloskey states, “Calls are coming in from researchers seeking the nano precision built upon mathematical models and delivered in 3D VR for hands-on ability.”
According to Nanome’s Chief Cryptocurrency officer, Scott Morgan, Nanome currently has a closed beta test with a client who requested development of a specific goal and needed software tools designed for that goal. This customer is a result of educating students and researchers to the math tool of Calcflow and the 3D VR possibilities of Nanome. The response from potential new users after viewing a model in VR with the stunning possibilities has been, “I get it,” says Morgan.
Funakawa believes that,” Virtual reality can revolutionize how math is taught.”
What is the design of a business model for Nanome and its future? Short term, Funakawa sees the development of a unified math library which is currently non-existent. At present, there is no distribution opportunity at present way for researchers to share with each other or developers, or to request a model design to meet their requirements. In the long term, Nanome will develop long term a VR world of atomically and mathematically correct models.
The ecosystem of Nanome will offer a system of “tokens” which that can be used to be make purchases on the Nanome website and used to pay the developer of the model from an interested buyer. Morgan provides the input link to the Nanome website for the token system. He explains says that token virtual currency space opens Nanome to a larger audience by hosting our equations on the “blockchain,” the digital distribution record system. This system provides access to the type of drawings a researcher or student can find from the common source. A buyer can post a request for a particular kind of model and receive a proposal.
Morgan states, “Stepping out of the ivory tower and providing an exchange of the designs available with tokens and record on the blockchain opens endless possibilities to a worldwide audience,.” says Morgan. “Everyone can have access to models for research and academia through the Nanome website token system.” He believes that the “Blockchain technology benefits everyone.”
In a blog published on Medium, entrepreneur and investor, Balaji Srinivasan, a partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, says that that token-based system “may eventually create and capture more value than the last generation of Internet companies.”
McCloskey and Funakawa agree that crowdsourcing and the exchange of paying for innovative models of a design in the STEM areas will change the future to benefit everyone.
Log onto The Nanome website http://nanome.ai/ to read more about this twenty-first-century innovation. In addition, The Nanome team will be at the “Bio International Convention 2017” in San Diego from June 19 through June 22. They will be hosting a social event to discuss the Nanome vision for the future token exchange system. Interested Bio Convention members can make contact through the Nanome website for more information.