If you invest in a crowdfunded company, would you give your blood as well as your money?
Y Combinator Partner Sam Altman has donated $20,000 and pledged to donate his blood for clinical trials to the Immunity Project.
The Immunity Project is attempting to create a vaccine that can prevent healthy people from contracting HIV, an area that has been, to date, fraught with failures. Instead of using the HIV virus, the company plans to study people whose immune system prevents the virus from taking hold.
Because IP wants to provide its product world-wide at a very cheap price (ie, free), it’s not looking for VC funding, but instead plans to crowdfund $482,000 to take it through animal trials.
The Immunity Project is here: http://www.immunityproject.org/