Using AI to track down potential COVID-19 treatments with Peter Richardson

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

VP Pharmacology

Peter Richardson serves as VP Pharmacology at BenevolentAI. He was a founding member of Cambridge Biotechnology Ltd in 2001 and served as CSO and Executive Director until 2005. Peter pioneered the sale of CBT to Proximagen Ltd, to whom he acted as an adviser until 2012. Between 1989 and 2006 he served as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge where he pioneered research into drug discovery for Parkinson’s disease and inflammation, as well as new gene expression technologies. He is the author of over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Peter studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, and was awarded a doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge.

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