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Executive Summary

We are “open sourcing” intellectual properties (IP).

Knowbella Tech freely provides the scientific community with the Knowbella Platform™; a scientific collaboration ecosystem that puts the scientist at the center of research and provides rewards for participating in collaborative research. The Platform freely provides IP, access to grants and lab equipment, communication tools, manuscript development tool, preprint server, career opportunities, and Helix cryptosecurity tokens.

Scientists who opt-in will also be freely matched to career and consulting opportunities.

The Mission

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Knowbella’s mission is to make researchers lives better by providing open access to intellectual property, tools, and services to advance science and improve the world. More specifically, our objective is to contribute to the global STEM research community by democratizing access to science (“open science”). Knowbella is a supporter of STEM careers and will contribute to building the global STEM workforce through education and collaboration.

We want to contribute to the global STEM research community by opening and democratizing access to 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, and reward them for their contributions to the scientific community. We seek to help researchers take control and advance their careers through a strong community with a framework for innovation and earning Helix rewards along the way.

The Knowbella Tech philosophy is based upon bringing collaboration back to science, particularly among underserved scientists. This is the way science once was and it is the wave of the future.

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

Sir Isaac Newton (1675)

The Problem

Scientists labor for months, even years, to produce findings that increase knowledge and benefit society. These findings undergo a lengthy peer review process in order to get published. A published manuscript is available in expensive subscription journals or open access journals funded by Article Processing Charges (APC) usually paid by the authors.

There is a global shortage of STEM scientists to meet formal employment needs (Umoh, 2017). Technology companies are in a fierce battle for the top talent. Technology companies can no longer afford to recruit talent in an on-demand or a just-in-time process. Just as professional sports teams start scouting athletes years in advance, technology companies must start scouting and recruiting scientists far in advance.

Further, there is nearly $4T of idle intellectual property (IP) languishing in institutions, universities, and companies (Hovis, 2014). Thus far, unlocking this idle knowledge has been ignored.

Solution And Platform

There is a better way.

There is a better way. The Knowbella Platform is a researcher community for open source IP projects. Scientists can start with existing IP and develop it into new directions and applications. The Platform will provide researchers IP, access to grant funding and lab equipment, manuscript development tools, preprint server, career and gig opportunities, and Helix token rewards for collaborating. In turn, researchers can drive new discoveries, innovations, and their careers.

The IP remains open under a Creative Commons (CC) 4.0 licensing model and may be developed further. Further developed IP under the CC requires all developments to be freely provided to all researchers on the Platform. Anyone is free to commercialize the advancements.

Due to the Platform’s unique use of blockchain, funders and scientists establish mutual trust and transparency to share in the success of innovation goals. This makes the Knowbella community democratized and self-governing. It leverages blockchain technology for enabling scientists to vote on grant funding through indelible and transparent voting.

Because scientists are working in real-time on the Platform, those that opt-in can be recruited by organizations seeking their research skills. Companies and researchers can then begin building relationships for future project and employment opportunities.

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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    Cryptocurrency Wallet
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    Intellectual
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    Grant Funding
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    Lab Equipment
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    Manuscript
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    Preprint
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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.

The Helix Token

The Knowbella Platform™ scientific collaboration ecosystem is powered by Helix “The Currency of Science” cryptosecurity token, which is based upon the Ethereum ERC-20 smart contract standard and acts as a cryptocurrency, but is backed with the equity of the company. With their earned Helix, scientists will be able to conduct transactions with grant funders, vendors, service providers, and other scientists.

Scientists are provided Helix for referring colleagues to the Platform, collaborating, adding content, starting and working on projects, peer reviewing, publishing to the preprint server, and any number of other activities. As such, and in line with our non-exploitation philosophy, the researchers who are increasing the value of the Platform get to enjoy the economic value of the Platform they are growing.

Helix serves multiple important functions for the Platform:

  • Medium of exchange between scientists and vendors/service providers.
  • Cross-border funding: Helix substantially reduces the cost of moving and managing research funds to scientists, regardless of their country of residence.
  • Enables Helix token holders to guide the features and functions of the platform with voting rights bestowed with Helix token ownership.

While some of these functions could be served with an existing cryptocurrency or token, by using the Helix token dedicated to this particular scientific ecosystem, participants help to strengthen the equity value of the whole ecosystem.

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 Helix Network Effect

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Why Buy Helix?

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 exclusive opportunity to participate in the liquidity event. Additional benefits that Helix include:
  • Frictionless and near instantaneous transfers anywhere at very low cost
  • Voting rights in Knowbella Tech
  • Earn while collaborating
  • Provides liquidity

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

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
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Recruiters & Human Resources

Our Team

Mr. Mark<br>Pohlkamp
Mr. Mark
Pohlkamp

CEO,
Board Member

Mr. Jason E.<br>Barkeloo
Mr. Jason E.
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

Recognized for his sales and sales leadership Mark brings 20+ years as a change agent scaling organization to profitability & performance in record time.

Mark’s expertise and ability in closing, managing, building multiple large multi-million-dollar complex deals has allowed early, mid, pre-revenue start-up’s he has led to achieve record sales years allowing the organizations to accomplish their mission.

Mark can be described as a winner.  He earned a athletic scholarship at Division I University of Missouri by his work ethic in the pool.  He parlayed that drive and work ethic by graduating with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at the University of Missouri.  He continued on to earn an MBA in marketing and sales from Xavier University. 

His early career as a mechanical & aerospace engineer at Boeing Airplane Company gives him the expertise to start a company fast and efficiently.  His expertise spearheading a launch and exit at healthcare IT recruiting & staffing firm that achieved $60 million in record time to closing multiple large-scale deals up to $12M are just a few reasons Mark is a recognized expert in go-to-market/strategies and his career in engineering and science has prepared him to build & lead Knowbella to be the market leader


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.  

After teaching, Jason became an entrepreneur and launched a number of startups. Jason's first company, TouchSmart Publishing, was an educational content company providing prescriptive 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, which was purchased by a publicly traded company.

One of Jason’s current efforts is Open Therapeutics; an open science company that crowdsources orphan therapeutic intellectual properties (IP) to the global scientific community. 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, with patents pending in blockchain-enabled technologies.

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

Recognized for his sales and sales leadership Mark brings 20+ years as a change agent scaling organization to profitability & performance in record time.

Mark’s expertise and ability in closing, managing, building multiple large multi-million-dollar complex deals has allowed early, mid, pre-revenue start-up’s he has led to achieve record sales years allowing the organizations to accomplish their mission.

Mark can be described as a winner.  He earned a athletic scholarship at Division I University of Missouri by his work ethic in the pool.  He parlayed that drive and work ethic by graduating with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at the University of Missouri.  He continued on to earn an MBA in marketing and sales from Xavier University. 

His early career as a mechanical & aerospace engineer at Boeing Airplane Company gives him the expertise to start a company fast and efficiently.  His expertise spearheading a launch and exit at healthcare IT recruiting & staffing firm that achieved $60 million in record time to closing multiple large-scale deals up to $12M are just a few reasons Mark is a recognized expert in go-to-market/strategies and his career in engineering and science has prepared him to build & lead Knowbella to be the market leader


Mr. Jason E. 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.  

After teaching, Jason became an entrepreneur and launched a number of startups. Jason's first company, TouchSmart Publishing, was an educational content company providing prescriptive 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, which was purchased by a publicly traded company.

One of Jason’s current efforts is Open Therapeutics; an open science company that crowdsources orphan therapeutic intellectual properties (IP) to the global scientific community. 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, with patents pending in blockchain-enabled technologies.

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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