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COVID-19 Town Hall with Nanome: Exploring the coronavirus spike protein in 3D virtual reality

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 8 am Pacific

Join us in near-virtual reality as we explore the structure of SARS-CoV-2 with Nanome, a virtual reality environment that allows you to interact, experiment, and design in 3-dimensional space — improving your understanding of the invisible world. Nanome is currently used as one of the tools to help combat COVID-19 by enabling scientists to gain insights into the molecular mechanics of the virus.


Go deep with SynBioBeta founder John Cumbers and guests as they discuss how Nanome became one of the scientific tools used on the front lines against a global pandemic, and speculate on virtual reality’s place in the future of research and collaboration. Special guests:

  • Steve McCloskey, Nanome Founder & CEO
  • Rob Rhinehart, Partner at Mars Bio and Director of The Corona Initiative
  • Robert Scoble, VR guru
  • Philip Rosedale, Founder of Second Life

If you’re a school, institution, or company, they are offering free/reduced pricing through the end of June.

We found that the best way to experience this event is via YouTube. So never mind the link you received upon registration and simply join us here:

We encourage your questions and comments via the YouTube chat, and we will get to as many questions as possible. We look forward to a unique event!


Kevin Costa

As Editor and Program Manager, Kevin leads SynBioBeta's digital media content, with the goal of telling the story of the people, companies, and ideas shaping the future with biology. Before joining SynBioBeta, Kevin managed the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center. His interests include public engagement, science writing, community building, and bikes!

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