The Cause

The SARS-CoV2 spike protein molecule is the vaccine antigen that teaches our immune systems to fight CoViD more rapidly, more forcefully. The 3D model of this molecule is art, science, and poetry fit for morning coffee. View in shop.

We’re molecular biologists & computer scientists working to unstick bottlenecks in biomedical research by developing powerful new analytical tools. Scientifically precise, high-resolution molecular art fuels our R&D. All proceeds accelerate the development of those urgently needed new tools for next-gen research.

Over decades working with scientists around the globe, and watching too many loved ones battle cancer, we watched researchers maneuver around 2 persistent bottlenecks in their work. Then we learned that both of them could be UNjammed with powerful AI and some brilliant new collaborative computing technologies. So we launched an informatics startup to make that happen — to unstick those research bottlenecks around the globe.

As unusual as it may be, we sell art to pay developers, run servers, and fuel our R&D. Our president, Matt, jokes that he’s nonbinary — “I’m a scientist AND an artist, and I aspire to a day when my adjectives are harmonious and phantasmagorical.” Art nudges us to remember what’s important, and some art projects can do that at scale.

The 3D molecular art at Vaccinated.US features the SARS-CoV2 spike protein — the antigen molecule that gives CoViD vaccines their protective powers.  If you’re one of the 5.6 billion people who vaxxed up to pull with your neighbors, and help all of us get through the most deadly global pandemic in a century, you’re a part of an honorable global collaboration. This art is meant to honor that spirit, and inject a little more vaccine gratitude in the world — for the ecosystem of scientists, medical professionals, and people of goodwill who pull together still.

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The “Heart of the Matter” molecular art series shows an on-axis view of the SARS CoV2 spike protein with 3 alpha helices projecting out toward the viewer. The name reflects the heart-like shape that the molecule presents in this orientation. New fangled printing technology allows us to print these molecular structures in exquisitely high resolution — it’s really worth seeing.

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