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Pharma Companies Join Forces to Train AI for Drug Discovery Using Blockchain

   by Andrii Buvailo    598
Pharma Companies Join Forces to Train AI for Drug Discovery Using Blockchain

The newly organized research project “MELLODDY” (Machine Learning Ledger Orchestration for Drug Discovery), involving ten large pharma companies and seven technology providers, is that kind of deals which can catalyze a transition of the pharmaceutical industry to a new level -- a “paradigm shift”, as one might refer to it in terms of Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”.

The project aims at developing a state-of-the-art platform for collaboration, based on Owkin’s blockchain architecture technology, which would allow collective training of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms using data from multiple direct pharmaceutical competitors, without exposing their internal know-hows and compromising their intellectual property -- for the collective benefit of everyone involved. 

"Hot" Research Areas in Drug Discovery - 2019

   by Andrii Buvailo    753
"Hot" Research Areas in Drug Discovery - 2019

Things like gene editing, stem cells, immunotherapies and new types of biologics are now mega-trends in the pharmaceutical industry, widely covered in media, and I guess there is little doubt that biology is the next big thing in medicine. However, in this post I would like to outline several hot areas in small molecule drug discovery, suggesting a lot of untapped potential and investment prospects in this more “traditional” pharmaceutical research space.

Healthcare Information Technology (IT) Market to See 15.4% Growth to Hit US$441.8 Billion by 2025

   by Global Market Insights    408
Healthcare Information Technology (IT) Market to See 15.4% Growth to Hit US$441.8 Billion by 2025

According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc, the Healthcare Information Technology (IT) Market worth over $441.8bn by 2025. Favorable government initiatives for encouraging adoption of information technology in healthcare services will boost industry growth in the future. For instance, the U.S. government passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, providing funds worth USD 20 billion for setting up electronic health records. Such government initiatives should propel the Healthcare IT market growth.

Big Investments for Human Microbiome Research

   by Tim Sandle    807
Big Investments for Human Microbiome Research

Major companies on the scene include Second Genome, Enterome, and EpiBiome. In addition, several new startups have entered the field. Amongst the most active investors, Global Engage reports, are Seventure Partners, Flagship Pioneering and BioGaia. In fact there are some 120 companies investing in analyzing data relating to the human microbiome. To take one example, companies such as uBiome are developing genomic tests meant to identify and diagnose harmful microbes in the body.

Confluence of Technologies Can Bring “Virtual Pharmacology” to the Next Level

   by Andrii Buvailo    1226
Confluence of Technologies Can Bring “Virtual Pharmacology” to the Next Level

In 1970-80s, the idea of virtual screening was regarded as a conceptual way to substitute costly and time-consuming experimental “screen-everything-you-have” approaches with a much faster and cheaper predictive modelling to cherry-pick only the best molecules for subsequent synthesis and validation in a lab. A great number of computational tools and approaches emerged, aiming at “pre-screening” new promising molecules, so called “hits”, or augmenting experimental screening programs to optimize efforts.