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AI better than radiologists at diagnosing lung cancer

An artificial intelligence (AI) is better than specialist doctors at diagnosing lung cancer, according to a study from researchers at Google and Northwestern University in Illinois.

While not yet ready for clinical use, it is hoped that the technology will boost the effectiveness of cancer screening in the future.

The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, outlines a deep learning algorithm that is able to predict a patient’s risk of lung cancer.

Merck KGaA enters drug discovery partnership with AI firm Itkos

Merck KGaA and artificial intelligence (AI) firm Iktos have entered into a partnership, the pair have announced, to leverage the latter’s generative modelling AI technology in a bid to “facilitate the rapid and cost-effective discovery and design of promising new compounds”.

The firm’s AI technology, which is based on “deep generative models”, promises to “bring speed and efficiency to the drug discovery process” by quickly singling out molecules which satisfy the requirements of multiple bioactivity and drug-like criteria for clinical testing.

Solving the drug development problem

Published on 11/02/19 at 01:06pm

Excitement is building for the potential of AI in just about every field, but how can it address pharma’s unique challenges? Matt Fellows speaks to the not-for-profit organisation the Pistoia Alliance to see where the industry identifies these challenges, and how the technology can help tackle them.

Drug discovery is in crisis.

Read Pharmafocus January/February 2019 edition online now!

We’re slowly edging towards warmer months, but the New Year brings more than just the promise of more amicable weather; in a manner reminiscent of past years, industry M&A is off to an explosive start, as multinational drug firm Bristol-Myers Squibb announced within the first days of the year that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Celgene for approximately $74 billion – the biggest pharma acquisition ever.

Kyowa Hakko Kirin signs drug discovery deal with AI firm InveniAI

Japanese pharma and biotech firm Kyowa Hakko Kirin is joining the growing trend of investing in artificial intelligence to bolster drug discovery efforts, entering a new partnership with AI and machine learning firm InveniAI.

KHK hopes to utilise InveniAI’s AlphaMeld technology to discover how its existing pipeline products can be applied to other indications.

While the exact financial details of the deal were not disclosed, it was confirmed that an upfront sum will be paid to InveniAI, as well as a number of development and commercialisation payments.

UK-Japan partnership to see collaboration on incurable diseases, green technology and AI

A new partnership between the UK and Japan will see medical researchers and scientists join forces, in advancing research into chronic conditions - such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis - green technology and AI.

The collaboration, announced by British Prime Minister Theresa May, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will see £30 million invested into a new partnership aimed at promoting technology and innovation in both Britain and Japan.

How tech is powering precision treatment

Published on 07/01/19 at 11:42am

As the scientific community eschews scattergun approaches and demand rises for higher-quality, targeted care, Matt Fellows explores how technologies such as AI and machine learning can re-energise our perspective in pursuit of the best outcomes for patients.

UK to push earlier diagnosis and better treatment with 5 AI-driven technology centres

The UK’s Business Secretary has announced the introduction of five specialist collaborative centres across the UK which with leverage advanced digital technology to improve healthcare and reach diagnosis earlier.

The five centres of excellence for digital pathology and imaging, which will be situated at universities and NHS facilities in Leeds, Oxford, Coventry, Glasgow and London, will aim to provide more personalised and precision care for patients by utilising medical technology to provide targeted care and free up time for clinical professionals.

Top Ten most popular articles on this week

Business, biosimilars and Brexit are the themes of this week’s top 10. While Roche signed a $1 billion deal with SQZ Biotech, MSD’s and Samsung Bioepis’ deal fell through. Meanwhile Pfizer announced a cull of 2% of its staff amid a widespread restructuring.

Robot addresses British MPs over future of AI

British MPs questioned the first robot to ever attend a UK parliamentary meeting this month, after a robot called Pepper offered insight into the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The robot told MPs that “Assistive intelligent robots for older people could relieve pressure on hospitals and care homes as well as improve the care delivery at home and promote independent living for the elderly people.”

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