Proteins are remarkable molecular machines: they digest your food, fire your neurons, power your immune system and so much more. So what if we could design new ones, with functions never before seen in nature? 

Earlier this year eight winners of The Audacious Project, which invites change-makers to submit their best and boldest ideas for tackling the world’s biggest challenges, were announced at the TED conference in Los Angeles. One of the winners was the Institute for Protein Design (IPD).

The team at the IPD are working to design a new world of proteins to address 21st century challenges in medicine, energy, and technology. In a remarkable glimpse of the future, David Baker shares how his team at the IPD is creating entirely new proteins from scratch -- and shows how they could help us tackle five massive challenges facing humanity

With investment from The Audacious Project, the IPD will expand its ability to design new proteins and venture to fundamentally change how drugs, vaccines, fuels and new materials are made.

At a time when our need for positive global change has never been greater, The Audacious Project continues to encourage the world’s greatest change-agents to dream bigger, to shape the best ideas into viable multi-year plans, and to present those ideas in a compelling way to potential supporters. It has a simple, ultimate goal: to make philanthropy more collaborative and more effective.

The project was brought to life through the collaboration of some of the most respected names in the non-profit world, including Skoll, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Scott Cook & Signe Ostby and more. Virgin Unite is proud to be one of the key partners to have joined forces to help make this possible.