Drug discovery and development is poised to be revitalised by artificial intelligence and machine learning. From improving target identification and validation, to better predicting the properties of molecules, new technologies offer the promise of getting more effective therapeutics to the patients who need them, faster. AI also thrives in fast-moving situations and has been successfully deployed during the coronavirus pandemic to discover existing medicines that can be repurposed to treat the virus.
Yet, moving the needle in this field is challenging, and requires the experts from two seemingly disparate fields, both of which focus on tackling exceptionally complex problems, to work together. Other barriers include access to data, particularly negative data and diverse datasets. In this talk, Professor Jackie Hunter will examine case studies of BenevolentAI’s own work and progress in the field, and discuss the opportunities and unique challenges of building an AI platform for drug discovery.
Jackie Hunter is a Board Director of BenevolentAI. Jackie has over thirty years of experience in the bioscience research sector, working across academia and industry including leading neurology and gastrointestinal drug discovery and early clinical development for GlaxoSmithKline. She founded OI Pharma Partners in 2010 to support the life science sector in harnessing the power of open innovation and most recently was Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. She holds a personal chair from St George's Hospital Medical School, which was awarded in recognition of her contribution to bioscience research. In 2010 she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for Services to the Pharmaceutical Industry.