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[Interview] Shaping European AI Regulation To Secure Global Leadership In Healthcare

   by Andrii Buvailo    235
[Interview] Shaping European AI Regulation To Secure Global Leadership In Healthcare

While the history of Artificial Intelligence (AI) field began in the distant 1950s, its practical value had largely remained limited all the way until the emergence of powerful hardware (GPUs) in the late 1990s. Other complementary technologies played an important role in the AI progress too: new data storage capabilities, cheap cloud infrastructures, advanced deep learning algorithms -- all these things became reality only in the 21st century, effectively setting AI field for exponential development trajectory and commercial practical utility. 

Today AI tech has matured to an extent it has become a strategic factor, a competitive differentiator, not only for individual companies but for the whole industries and countries. Needless to say, healthcare -- one of the major industries -- is an important end-user of AI technologies. Countries that care to adopt AI in their healthcare strategies today will have major competitive benefits for public health and safety tomorrow.

How To Be Ready For Future Pandemics?

   by Andrii Buvailo    524
How To Be Ready For Future Pandemics?

What do antibiotic-resistant bacteria (“superbugs”) and coronaviruses have in common? They both can kill lots of people globally, and they both have been commercially unattractive targets for the pharma business for too long.

 

Major VC Rounds For AI-driven Biotechs in 2020

   by Andrii Buvailo    858
Major VC Rounds For AI-driven Biotechs in 2020

The ongoing COVID19 crisis forced biotech-oriented venture capitalists (VC) to somewhat slow down the pace of their usual deal-flow -- according to data by PitchBook biopharma venture deals in 2020 are down roughly 16% compared to last year. 

However, there is still a lot going on in drug discovery and healthcare, and here I would like to specifically focus on artificial intelligence (AI)-driven biotech and health tech startups who managed to raise notable rounds in 2020, so far (based on our report “A Landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) In Drug Discovery and Development”). The deals are ordered by the amount of money raised 

[Interview] How COVID-19 Catalyzed AI-assisted Open Science Drug Discovery

   by Andrii Buvailo    469
[Interview] How COVID-19 Catalyzed AI-assisted Open Science Drug Discovery

Biopharma companies are now racing to find much-needed cures against SARS-CoV-2, a virus that caused the largest global pandemic of our time. One notable effort is the COVID Moonshot project, organized by an international consortium of scientists from academia, biotechs, contract research organizations (CROs), and pharma -- all working pro bono or via crowdfunding, philanthropy, and grants. 

The aim of the project is to rapidly develop easily manufacturable antiviral drugs that can inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 main protease, which is believed to be an Achilles heel of the coronavirus. The project is managed by PostEra, a startup company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to map routes for chemical synthesis to speed the drug-discovery process.

FDA Analysis of Antibiotic Development - with Hubris!

   by David Shlaes    243
FDA Analysis of Antibiotic Development - with Hubris!
(This post originally appeared on David Shlaes's personal blog)
 
The US FDA just published an analysis of antibiotic development looking back over the last 40 years. The paper was accompanied by an editorial by Rex and Outterson. These papers are well worth reading and I highly recommend them for everyone whether they are familiar with antibiotic development or not. I must say that the hubris of the FDA analysis is astounding (see below).