Tuesday, April 21, 2020

World’s largest AI-powered, expert-curated platform launched to unify researchers across disciplines in their fight against COVID-19

21st April 2020; Mumbai: Cactus Communications, a global scientific communications and technology company, today announced the launch of covid19.researcher.life, a platform that leverages CACTUS’s AI and concept extraction capabilities, along with its large editorial team and network of subject specialists, to offer researchers a single—and the world’s largest—platform for all COVID-19-related research, insights, commentary, and expert recommendations. The site not only offers researchers access to the latest research and information on COVID-19 but also allows them to collaborate and share potential hypotheses and challenges with researchers from other disciplines.

As of April 20, over 2 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide. With an exploding volume of research in different disciplines being added on a daily basis, the scientific community working on this global crisis is desperately in need of help in processing this information—and now they have an AI-powered solution that can process high volumes of research output every day and present insights in a manner that can be consumed by researchers across disciplines.

Abhishek Goel, Co-founder and CEO of CACTUS, spoke on the motivation behind this platform: “At this time, when we are facing a global pandemic, we need all hands on deck. Across the world, researchers in many disciplines are working hard to find solutions that will shepherd the world out of this crisis: epidemiologists, virologists, immunologists, biostatisticians, emergency and internal medicine specialists, pulmonologists, public health researchers, pharmacologists, pathology researchers, geneticists, cell biologists, social scientists…the list goes on. Yet, for the first time, we are faced with a crisis that necessitates researchers who normally work in siloed disciplines to tap into each other’s expertise and adopt a multidisciplinary approach. And we want to help them do this.”

The COVID-19 platform will help researchers from various disciplines easily access and digest this information, supported by expert opinion. The platform collates research and datasets from different countries, irrespective of the language in which they were published; allows researchers to ask questions and pose hypotheses to other researchers; and curates expert-driven editorial content that simplifies and explains the latest research. Going forward, the platform will allow webinars, podcasts, and a crowdfunding platform for research.

Goel adds, “Imagine the power of a platform where researchers across disciplines are coming together to learn from each other and find solutions to the pandemic collaboratively.”
Apart from serving researchers working on COVID-19, the new site by CACTUS will provide policymakers, governments, and lay people access to evidence-based answers to questions around COVID-19. There will also be an opportunity for interested members of the public to help by suggesting answers to problems that researchers and practitioners are struggling with.

The platform can be accessed on covid19.researcher.life/.

About Cactus Communications

Founded in 2002, Cactus Communications (cactusglobal.com) is a global scientific communications company that collaborates with researchers, universities, publishers, academic societies, and life science organizations to accelerate research impact. CACTUS’s products and services are designed to meet all research and publishing needs: Editage provides editorial, translation, transcription, and publication support services and education and training solutions; Cactus Life Sciences helps pharma, biotech, and medical device organizations with content strategy, development, and dissemination; PubSURE is an AI-powered tool and marketplace that brings together researchers and journals and enhances the efficiency of scholarly publishing; Impact Science offers high-engagement videos, infographics, and research stories as well as training and strategic solutions to all publishing stakeholders; and UNSILO provides AI tools and solutions for publishers to grow business opportunities and improve workflows. Cactus Labs is its innovation and R&D cell that powers all CACTUS businesses. CACTUS also incubates seed and early stage startups that share its mission to solve problems with science and technology solutions. It has offices in London, Princeton, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Aarhus, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Mumbai; a global workforce of over 3,000 experts; and customers from over 190 countries.

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