Lab Report

March 26, 2020
No. 129

A daily digest connecting frontline healthcare workers with funders, innovators, and government leaders.

Plus: Our COVID-19 open innovation index is updated with 60+ initiatives.

Featured story


Introducing CovidX

Like most of our extended network, Luminary Labs has been tracking coronavirus news since January, and we’ve been translating insights for our clients and partners along the way. Those early efforts resulted in our COVID-19 reading list in early March, followed by last week’s roundup of open innovation initiatives. Behind the scenes, we’ve been connecting on-the-ground healthcare workers with government decision-makers, rapid response teams, and funders. This week, we formalized those efforts and started sending a daily digest called CovidX.

Our research and insights come from Health Doers: frontline medical professionals with urgent needs and well-informed ideas. If that’s you, we want to hear from you — What are the greatest barriers right now? What types of hacks and solutions are you creating? How can government and funders help? (Email or send a direct message to @covid_x on Twitter.) 

We’re also connecting with Rapid Response Teams: the grassroots efforts addressing the PPE supply chain, testing and screening, open-source hardware and equipment hacks, logistics, open data, and more. We’re looking for ways to help these innovators partner with each other while introducing promising concepts to decision-makers. And we’re continuing to track open innovation initiatives that could accelerate solutions to the coronavirus pandemic; each daily digest includes the latest additions to our index. 

Initially distributed privately to key funders, innovators, and policymakers, CovidX is now open to new subscribers


Updated: COVID-19 open innovation index

Last week, we sent a special alert to our open innovation community with a list of more than two dozen initiatives; in a matter of days, the list had doubled in size. Yesterday, we updated our community and published the combined list of 60+ opportunities. We plan to keep the COVID-19 open innovation index updated with new open innovation programs as long as we can reasonably sustain it. Submit a new initiative and sign up to receive open innovation alerts.

Insights & updates

Other COVID-19 newsletters we’re reading: Brief19, MIT Technology Review’s Coronavirus Tech Report, FT’s Coronavirus Business Update, New America’s Coronavirus Daily Brief, and Tech:NYC’s COVID-19 Digest

New York State launched its own Digital Service and a COVID-19 Technology SWAT Team.

Hosting a virtual meeting or event? Facilitators for Pandemic Response have a growing repository of resources for online gatherings.

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Anne McClain have both spent time in space — and they’re sharing tips for living in isolation.

Peter Piot, co-discoverer of the Ebola virus and Director of The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, answered 100 questions about coronavirus at TEDMED.

No one knows exactly how the pandemic will end. But the Atlantic’s Ed Yong looks at how the next few months, the endgame, and the aftermath may play out.

Cool jobs & opportunities

First Round is hiring a Chief of Staff in New York. 

Science Friday is looking for an Engagement Producer in New York. 

We’re also hiring in New York: Do you know a Senior Communications Associate who can drive impact with smart campaigns? View all of our open roles and share these opportunities with someone you know. (The Luminary Labs team is working remotely until further notice; we will conduct virtual interviews for open positions.) 

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