10 Aug 2020

Peter Richardson
VP of Pharmacology

Epidemiologists have drawn some parallels between the 1918 flu pandemic and today’s COVID-19 crisis. But today’s disease-fighters have powerful AI tools scientists in the early 20th century could never have imagined.

At BenevolentAI, a small specialist team of experienced drug discoverers used our state-of-the-art machine learning models and tools to query cellular processes subverted by viruses, to understand the (druggable) regulatory mechanisms involved, and then to identify approved anti-inflammatory drugs which control these processes.  Peter Richardson, our VP of Pharmacology who headed up this research, will join a panel of experts to explore the possibilities—and the progress so far— of taking AI to the coronavirus fight. 

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Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson is Vice President of Pharmacology at BenevolentAI. Peter led BenevolentAI’s research to identify baricitinib, a drug owned by Eli Lilly and approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis, as a COVID-19 treatment that is now FDA approved as a treatment for hospitalised patients with COVID-19.

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