Medical trials point out that CAR-T cells remedy — a particularly efficient department of immunotherapy that may positively change the lives of most cancers sufferers proof against different types of remedy — can treatment as much as 40% of such individuals. Sadly, this remedy methodology isn’t precisely low-cost: It prices round $400,000 per sick particular person. As it isn’t at all times lined by insurance coverage, many sufferers can’t afford to pay the worth for this life-saving type of remedy.
The Alivia Oncology Basis involves assistance from such victims, serving to them with this monetary burden to hopefully treatment themselves of most cancers. Through a partnership with the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Nationwide Analysis Institute of Oncology, Warsaw-based artist Paweł SWANSKI, and artistic company Ogilvy Poland, Alivia created a novel assortment of artworks, geared toward supporting the remedy these sufferers’ lives rely on.
The “Purchase My Most cancers” marketing campaign exploits the anatomy of most cancers cells, Alivia artistically “modifying” their construction to make it work for the good thing about the sufferers. The venture is the results of a merger between science, artwork, medication, and expertise and reaches the general public by taking the form of an NFT assortment. “The primary NFT collection designed to instantly fund most cancers remedy,” because the group refers to it on the platform created to help the trigger, makes use of microscopic pictures of actual residing most cancers cells and turns them into items of art work that contribute to elevating cash for protecting the expensive therapies of uncommon sorts of the illness.
The photographs come from most cancers sufferers, with the primary particular person to have his most cancers cells modeled into NFTs being Jakub Burnos, a pupil of the AGH College of Science and Know-how in Krakow, identified with a uncommon and aggressive type of lymphoma. To assist him take this monetary weight off his thoughts, artist SWANSKI joined the initiative and turned Jakub’s most cancers cells into digital belongings. The Polish artist mixed the attribute components of the work he brings to life with the pictures of actual residing most cancers cells, ultimately turning the cells into probably life-saving “units.”
“We imagine that this distinctive concept of combining trendy artwork, the newest achievements of contemporary medication and science with NFT expertise within the blockchain system will enable us to acquire funds for the remedy of such sufferers,” explains Agata Polińska, Vice-President at Alivia Most cancers Basis. “The ‘Purchase My Most cancers’ will turn out to be an exceptionally fascinating assortment as a result of it combines the artwork of life and the artwork of hope with the at present rising art-sci-tech development,” the vice-president continues.
The gathering dropped on VAST — the world’s first multimedia NFT market — on June 9th and is out there on OpenSea as properly — with funds raised throughout this primary drop getting used to fund the CAR-T cell remedy. However that is solely the primary version of the “Purchase My Most cancers” marketing campaign as Alivia plans to pair extra teams of most cancers sufferers with artists and develop different NFT collections with the hope to avoid wasting extra lives. Whereas the initiative kicked off with SWANSKI’s work, the Polish nonprofit needs to proceed this cycle of fine through the #BuyMyCancerChallenge, throughout which medical consultants and different artists might be nominated to pick out sufferers and switch their cells into NFTs.
Supervising the venture are Prof. Jacek Jassem, M.D., Ph.D. and Prof. Sebastian Giebel, M.D., Ph.D. and sees the help of crypto fundraising platform The Giving Block and worldwide regulation firms Wolf Thesis and Hen & Hen. The funds raised from the sale of those NFTs will go to the Alivia Basis, which can assist cowl remedy prices for sufferers battling uncommon types of most cancers.
Shopper: Alivia Oncology Basis
Company: Ogilvy Poland
Artist: Paweł SWANSKI