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19 Marketplaces for the Life Sciences Industry

   by Andrii Buvailo    21635
19 Marketplaces for the Life Sciences Industry

(Last updated: 12.05.2020)

Online marketplaces are websites with a “many-to-many” business logic. They can host multiple suppliers trading with multiple buyers via different e-commerce tools available as a part of a website functionality.

Why are online marketplaces great?

Online marketplaces can provide a substantial added value to its users. For example, buyers can quickly compare and select better offerings without the need to research multiple websites and surf online for price comparisons or product specifications. Additionally, marketplaces bring more transparency, trust, and standardization to the whole process of sourcing.

[Interview] Using Generative AI to Rapidly Identify Novel Therapies for COVID-19

   by Andrii Buvailo    405
[Interview] Using Generative AI to Rapidly Identify Novel Therapies for COVID-19

Generative models have become one of the hottest areas in de-novo molecular design over just several years, basically revolutionizing our perception of what can be done with artificial intelligence in this area. One important aspect of generative models is that they can produce new quality hit molecules using combined data from various experimental and theoretical sources -- and output results rapidly. 

One notable drug discovery startup betting on deep learning and generative models for innovative drug design is Vancouver-based Variational AI.

Annual Summit on Drug Discovery Chemistry

   by BiopharmaTrend    358
Annual Summit on Drug Discovery Chemistry

The Annual Summit on Drug Discovery Chemistry primarily works on the theme “Scientific Congress on pursuit of wisdom in Drug Discovery Chemistry”. The main outcomes of the conference are sharing the insights, experiences and strategies of experts in drug discovery, discover the latest trends in drug chemistry, know the growing demand for drug discovery and pharmaceutical chemistry, find out how progress is being made in scientific formulation in practice and discover the tried and tested bio availability routes.

[Interview] This Vancouver-based Startup Plans To Boost Drug Design With AI

   by Andrii Buvailo    1810
[Interview] This Vancouver-based Startup Plans To Boost Drug Design With AI

Variational AI is a newly formed artificial intelligence (AI)-driven molecule discovery & drug design startup out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The company has developed Enki, an AI-powered small molecule discovery service. 

The founders of Variational AI are planning to build on top of their state-of-the-art expertise in machine learning, reflected in more than 40 research publications, including those presented at NIPS/NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, CVPR, ICCV, and other top events in the area of artificial intelligence research.

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

   by Andrii Buvailo    6622
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.