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Executive Summary

We are open sourcing intellectual property (IP) for crowdsourced collaboration on the Knowbella Platform, the scientific ecosystem powered by the Helix™ token, "The Currency of Science.™" The global scientific community can conduct smart contract-based transactions using Helix tokens, which they earn by joining, participating in, and contributing to the Knowbella scientific community.

Our Platform

Before Lyft®, no one thought to put a value on an empty car seat. With Airbnb®, many were surprised that an unused room in a home could have market value. Knowbella is a platform business model that leverages dormant scientific IP by matching producers and consumers. Scientists can start with existing IP and develop it into new directions and applications, which are also open and may be developed further, expanding the potential and value of the original IP in a network effect.

Our Token

Helix as “The Currency of Science” is the glue that holds the Knowbella community together and the fuel that helps accelerates its growth. Helix serves as a medium of exchange, bypassing typical intermediaries to direct more resources to research sooner. Helix is the incentive to collaborate within the Platform to develop dormant IP and build the Knowbella community, continually growing its functionality toward unprecedented opportunities fueled by ongoing blockchain innovation.

The Problem

A potential goldmine of unshared knowledge collects dust in institutions across the globe, out of reach of scientists who could grow its value. Meanwhile, scientists labor in isolation, locked down within institutional boundaries, to produce findings which then undergo a lengthy peer review process, to get published in expensive subscription journals. Grant sponsors who depend on publication as verification of their financial support are subject to the same cumbersome system. The complex exchanges of diverse assets (IP, money, equipment, knowledge, etc.) between many players (scientists, funders, institutions, publishers, etc.) entail concerns of trust and security. Discrete tools and services are emerging to address some of these challenges, but there is no end- to-end ecosystem that serves the global scientific community.

Our Solution

There is a better way.

By opening dormant IP on a crowdsourcing platform, its value is unlocked by a global community of science-minded users, for the benefit of all. All research on the Knowbella Platform is open, enabling collaboration across borders and peer review at any point in the process. Funders and researchers establish mutual trust and transparency via blockchain technology, to share in the success of innovation goals. Our end-to- end ecosystem provides the tools to connect with the people, projects, and resources most relevant to each user's interests, and Knowbella’s community is decentralized and self-governing, with Helix tokens as “The Currency of Science.”

This is the promise of Knowbella Tech.

The Mission

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We want to open up and decentralize science, in order to maximize social good, generate economic incentives, and improve our world. We aim to help scientists around the world find previously hidden knowledge, connect with others to grow that knowledge, disseminate their findings more quickly than through the traditional publishing model, and reward them for their contributions to the scientific community. The Knowbella Platform utilizes blockchain technology to streamline a comprehensive ecosystem around open technologies, empowering the Knowbella community with a framework for unimaginable innovations based on blockchain transactions.

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Breaks down institutional silos by exposing IP to a collaborative community of science-minded users, for the benefit of all.

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Matches IP providers and IP consumers with similar interests, an opportunity that simply does not exist under the current “protectionist” mentality.

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Scientists’ contributions to research and collaboration on the Platform earn Helix, incentivizing the community to develop dormant IP and build the Knowbella community.

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All research on the Knowbella Platform is available under a CC 4.0 and Copyleft model, enabling collaboration across borders and institutions. This makes each advance more valuable for the next researcher that takes it further, and so forth.

Knowbella’s core value is open science, free of artificial boundaries or restrictions, where participants can interact with one another in a trusted manner. Blockchain enables decentralized trust in ways that were not previously possible. Knowbella Tech seeks to utilize these new capabilities to create a trusted network for scientists to collaborate, conduct transactions, and share their discoveries, while setting the stage for inconceivable innovation in the future.

The Helix Token

The Knowbella Platform is powered by the Helix token, “The Currency of Science.” Scientists can conduct smart contract-based transactions with grant funders, vendors, service providers, and other scientists using Helix tokens, which they earn by joining, participating in, and contributing to the Knowbella scientific community. This forms an economic and scientific ecosystem that rewards scientists for conducting and sharing their research in the Knowbella Platform. Helix is stored on the Ethereum blockchain, assuring integrity and flexibility, and enabling management and verification tools to achieve shared goals efficiently.

Helix-Powered IP Matching

As a matchmaking service between IP producers and IP consumers, the Knowbella Platform creates an ecosystem of transactions. Those transactions may be done in Helix tokens.

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The Collaboration Platform

Knowbella Tech disrupts the dominant paradigm of siloed, cumbersome processes with an open science platform powered by distributed blockchain technology. The Knowbella Platform opens up dormant scientific intellectual property (IP), enables scientific collaboration across the globe, allows researchers to share their research results immediately, and gives grant funders and applicants direct access to one another.

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    Intellectual
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The Helix Network Effect

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Who is Knowbella for?

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Inventors
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Mentors
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Researchers
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Students
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Professors & Teachers
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Institutional Technology Transfer Officers
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Citizen Scientists

Why Buy the Helix Token?

As the Company and its Knowbella Platform gains in value, so do the Helix. If the Company is purchased or goes public, the holders of Helix have the opportunity to exchange their Helix for equity in the Company and participate in the liquidity event.

In short, the Helix are backed by the growth of Knowbella Tech equity.

Our Team

Mr. Mark<br>Pohlkamp
Mr. Mark
Pohlkamp

CEO
Board Member

Mr. Jason<br>Barkeloo
Mr. Jason
Barkeloo

Founder
Board Chair

Ms. Laura<br>Cannon
Ms. Laura
Cannon

Consulting
Project Manager

Mr. Martin<br>Koistinen
Mr. Martin
Koistinen

Consulting Director
Blockchain & Software Development

Over 20 years of technology sales, startups, and business development experience. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri where he also had an athletic scholarship in swimming. He started his career at Boeing Military Airplane Company as a Flight Test Engineer on the B52/B1 Bomber Advanced Cruise Missile Programs. He went on to earn his MBA in Marketing & Sales at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio to transition into aircraft sales at Boeing. Mark left Boeing to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams by joining a variety of engineering and technology start-ups such as an Autodesk spin-off and start-up acquired by Elsevier. He led many start-up teams in evangelizing sales & business development traction. He was a leader in sales performance and broke revenue records at many of his start-up companies. Most recently he helped launch and exit a consulting firm in the Electronic Medical Records space that achieved $60 million in revenues in 4 years. Mark lives in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.

Jason E. Barkeloo has thirty-four years of experience as an entrepreneur, researcher, investor, and educator. He began his career as a US Army air defense operations and intelligence assistant. Later, after the US Army sponsored his higher education, he managed military medical facilities and research laboratories.

At the end of his US Army career with a final assignment as the lab operations officer of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Medical Detachment, Jason was selected for the Department of Defense "Troops to Teachers" program. In that role, Jason spent 5-years as an inner-city high school science teacher. He received national recognition and awards for innovations in science education including the Sam's Club/Walmart Teacher of the Year. Notably, he was a founder of a virtual high school focused on prescriptively delivering physical and life science content to students.

After teaching, Jason became an entrepreneur and launched a number of startups. Jason's first company, TouchSmart Publishing, was an educational content company providing content to special needs students. His second company, Somatic Digital, created the touch user interface (TUI) human-computer interface technology and had relationships with NASA, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Freescale Semiconductor, and the National Federation of the Blind. His third company, Pilus Energy, was a synthetic biology company. It was purchased by a publicly traded company in 2014.

Jason's current 9-year effort is Open Therapeutics; an open science company that crowdsources orphan therapeutic intellectual properties (IP) to the global scientific community, particularly the underserved scientists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The blockchain-enabled collaboration platform is Therapoid.net that is currently in alpha testing. He hired the CEO and serves as Chair of the Board.

His second current effort is Knowbella Tech; an open science effort crowdsourcing dormant non-therapeutic IP to researchers around the world. Knowbella Tech will provide Helix tokens ("cryptocurrency") based upon Ethereum blockchain to the researchers who collaborate within the Knowbella Platform. He hired the CEO and serves as the Chair of the Board.

Jason speaks internationally on the advantages of open science and Open Access publishing. He has patents in synthetic biology, digital rights management, and has patents pending in blockchain-enabled technologies.

He holds an Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from The Ohio State University and a Master's degree in education with certifications in biological sciences and social studies from Antioch University. He dropped out of a PhD program to launch his first startup.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonebarkeloo/

A start-up specialist with over twenty years of experience in media and technology, with a career defined by leading edge emerging technologies from the early days of the web to digital payments. She brings an exceptional blend of strategic, creative, and organizational proficiency that has been instrumental in the success of innovative organizations and their clients. She thrives on solving problems, making connections, finding creative solutions, and bringing separate elements together into something that did not exist before.

A 25-year experienced software engineer whose experience spans Blockchain (Ethereum-based Smart Contracts), Biometrics, Cryptography, Finance, Information Security, Machine Learning, Risk Management, Sustainability, and more. He has been awarded a US patent related to smart cards and PKI and has more patents pending.

Martin has led cutting-edge projects for the public sector (US and European) as well as for multinational and Fortune 500 companies across the Telecoms, Energy, Financial sectors and Travel sectors. 

Although experienced in numerous programming languages, Martin is currently focused on Solidity, Python, and JavaScript and the Django and ReactJS frameworks. Martin serves as a core developer for globally popular open sources packages within the Django ecosystem. Martin studied Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science as an honor student at Austin College.

Mr. Mark Pohlkamp

CEO
Board Member

Over 20 years of technology sales, startups, and business development experience. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri where he also had an athletic scholarship in swimming. He started his career at Boeing Military Airplane Company as a Flight Test Engineer on the B52/B1 Bomber Advanced Cruise Missile Programs. He went on to earn his MBA in Marketing & Sales at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio to transition into aircraft sales at Boeing. Mark left Boeing to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams by joining a variety of engineering and technology start-ups such as an Autodesk spin-off and start-up acquired by Elsevier. He led many start-up teams in evangelizing sales & business development traction. He was a leader in sales performance and broke revenue records at many of his start-up companies. Most recently he helped launch and exit a consulting firm in the Electronic Medical Records space that achieved $60 million in revenues in 4 years. Mark lives in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.

Mr. Jason Barkeloo

Founder
Board Chair

Jason E. Barkeloo has thirty-four years of experience as an entrepreneur, researcher, investor, and educator. He began his career as a US Army air defense operations and intelligence assistant. Later, after the US Army sponsored his higher education, he managed military medical facilities and research laboratories.

At the end of his US Army career with a final assignment as the lab operations officer of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Medical Detachment, Jason was selected for the Department of Defense "Troops to Teachers" program. In that role, Jason spent 5-years as an inner-city high school science teacher. He received national recognition and awards for innovations in science education including the Sam's Club/Walmart Teacher of the Year. Notably, he was a founder of a virtual high school focused on prescriptively delivering physical and life science content to students.

After teaching, Jason became an entrepreneur and launched a number of startups. Jason's first company, TouchSmart Publishing, was an educational content company providing content to special needs students. His second company, Somatic Digital, created the touch user interface (TUI) human-computer interface technology and had relationships with NASA, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Freescale Semiconductor, and the National Federation of the Blind. His third company, Pilus Energy, was a synthetic biology company. It was purchased by a publicly traded company in 2014.

Jason's current 9-year effort is Open Therapeutics; an open science company that crowdsources orphan therapeutic intellectual properties (IP) to the global scientific community, particularly the underserved scientists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The blockchain-enabled collaboration platform is Therapoid.net that is currently in alpha testing. He hired the CEO and serves as Chair of the Board.

His second current effort is Knowbella Tech; an open science effort crowdsourcing dormant non-therapeutic IP to researchers around the world. Knowbella Tech will provide Helix tokens ("cryptocurrency") based upon Ethereum blockchain to the researchers who collaborate within the Knowbella Platform. He hired the CEO and serves as the Chair of the Board.

Jason speaks internationally on the advantages of open science and Open Access publishing. He has patents in synthetic biology, digital rights management, and has patents pending in blockchain-enabled technologies.

He holds an Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from The Ohio State University and a Master's degree in education with certifications in biological sciences and social studies from Antioch University. He dropped out of a PhD program to launch his first startup.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonebarkeloo/

Ms. Laura Cannon

Consulting
Project Manager

A start-up specialist with over twenty years of experience in media and technology, with a career defined by leading edge emerging technologies from the early days of the web to digital payments. She brings an exceptional blend of strategic, creative, and organizational proficiency that has been instrumental in the success of innovative organizations and their clients. She thrives on solving problems, making connections, finding creative solutions, and bringing separate elements together into something that did not exist before.

Mr. Martin Koistinen

Consulting Director
Blockchain & Software Development

A 25-year experienced software engineer whose experience spans Blockchain (Ethereum-based Smart Contracts), Biometrics, Cryptography, Finance, Information Security, Machine Learning, Risk Management, Sustainability, and more. He has been awarded a US patent related to smart cards and PKI and has more patents pending.

Martin has led cutting-edge projects for the public sector (US and European) as well as for multinational and Fortune 500 companies across the Telecoms, Energy, Financial sectors and Travel sectors. 

Although experienced in numerous programming languages, Martin is currently focused on Solidity, Python, and JavaScript and the Django and ReactJS frameworks. Martin serves as a core developer for globally popular open sources packages within the Django ecosystem. Martin studied Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science as an honor student at Austin College.

Advisors

Our advisors displayed in alphabetical order within their domains of expertise. Please click a name to learn more.

Dr. Sönke Bartling

PD Dr. med Sönke Bartling is a founder of Blockchain for Science and associated research at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. He is a scientist in basic medical imaging sciences, radiologist, Open Science Advocate and Blockchain Enthusiast.

He contributed to the Web 2.0 revolution in science. Then in early 2013 he fell down the bitcoin rabbit hole and realized that there is a lot in blockchain that could make science better. He is excited about kickstarting the crypto-economy in science for trustworthy results, less overhead and real innovation. Dr. Bartling is excited to contribute to Ethereum's Web3 revolution as well.

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