Hannu Rajaniemi Profile picture
Co-founder and CEO of @HelixNano. Author of The Quantum Thief, The Fractal Prince, The Causal Angel, Invisible Planets and Summerland https://t.co/o6RsVIiYj3
May 15 52 tweets 13 min read
My new novel, DARKOME, a near-future biotech thriller, will be published in the UK on September 5th 2024. Pre-order it here: For a taste, here’s the prologue, read by me: A thread on how the book came to be!👇🏻 gollancz.co.uk/titles/hannu-r…

Image In the same way that THE QUANTUM THIEF came out of my 2000s obsessions (game theory, transhumanism, exotic physics), DARKOME deals with the questions I’ve been the most curious about in the 2010s-2020s. What happens when tools for manipulating biology become broadly accessible?
Apr 1 101 tweets 21 min read
Our immune system is amazing, but faces pandemics, cancer and aging. It's also wired to reject what we need to extend our healthspans & minds: organs, implants, new genes. It's time to radically augment it. We need to build an immune-computer interface (ICI). A manifesto🧵! Image We have two systems that adapt to our environments and maintain our identity: brain and immune system. One is 1.5kg of neurons and other cells inside our skulls; the other is 1.2kg distributed immune cells. Both process signals, learn and remember. Both define self and non-self.
Mar 20 11 tweets 3 min read
1/ I haven't talked much about what we've been building at @HelixNano, but we just reached a milestone worth sharing: Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) approval in Australia to start a Phase 1 clinical trial. ( )A thread! 👇️einpresswire.com/article/697341… 2/ The product candidate we will test in healthy volunteers is called HN-0001. We designed it from ground up to address one of the biggest unmet needs for COVID-19: giving immunosuppressed and immunocompromised patients a better preventative option.
Jun 6, 2020 13 tweets 13 min read
Today, @NatureBiotech published an article by the @HelixNano team and our advisors @geochurch and Jose Trevejo from @smartpharmtx !


We review a key risk for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.

Thread for key takeaways👇🏻 1/13 @NatureBiotech @HelixNano @geochurch @SmartpharmTx In some diseases, an imperfect immune response to a virus can actually make the infection worse. These include Dengue, Zika, Ebola... and some coronaviruses. 2/13