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Evertiq to help Covid-19 vaccine research
Global electronics news provider and event organiser Evertiq has been donating computing power to help research effort for a Covid-19 vaccine.
Proteins are needed to perform many functions we associate with life. To understand Covid-19 and to possibly find a vaccine for the disease, laboratories need to understand how these viral proteins work. Evertiq is supporting Folding@home after its IT manager suggested the idea: “‘We have back-up computers that we do not need at the moment, so why don’t we use them for something good’. For me it was only natural to say yes to that”, says Irma Björsell, CEO at Evertiq. The company has been supporting Folding@home since April this year. Much like any other machine, it’s how a protein’s components are arranged and move that determines the protein’s function.Viruses also have proteins that they use to suppress our immune systems and reproduce themselves. “There are many experimental methods for determining protein structures. But proteins have lots of moving parts, so we want to see the protein in action. The structures we can’t see experimentally may be the key to discovering a new therapeutic”, explains Folding@home on their website. Their speciality lies in using computer simulations to understand proteins’ moving parts. And this is where Evertiq comes in. “We have joined with many others in donating computing power to Folding@home. Helping them to run simulations is our way to contribute for a better tomorrow,” continues Irma Björsell. “To me, having grown up through the war in the former Yugoslavia, it is important to help. The experiences from my childhood have settled very deeply in my heart and I know what suffering means. The essential thing is to find a vaccine as soon as possible and we should all do what we can to help out.”, finishes Irma Björsell, CEO for Evertiq. For anyone wishing to follow our example; please visit the following website: https://foldingathome.org/start-folding