Does AI Need Assistance to Kick-Start Drug Discovery?

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Does AI Need Assistance to Kick-Start Drug Discovery?

By Pharma Tech Outlook | Wednesday, September 16, 2020

AI can consume and reason over data from the scientific databases, as well as patient-level information, to figure out possible approaches to take care of diseases by implementing a drug target and creating a molecule.

FREMONT, CA: There are two new uses of artificial intelligence (AI) in the healthcare industry, which has remarkably multiple applications. AI, in a clinical setting, works with parameters, especially running through a categorization method based on experiences of working possibilities in case of different types of patients. The ability of AI here is vital, and its early successes are truly thrilling.

The opportunity is evenly compelling for the drug discovery industry, especially in areas of high unsolved requirements.

AI is in an unexplored territory where scientists are trying their best to find out different ways to consider appropriate treatments. AI needs training with a positive as well as a few challenging examples.

The pharmaceutical industry has been in deep crisis in R&D, with about 50 percent of late-stage clinical trials that go unsuccessful due to unproductive drug targets. Nevertheless, researchers still tend to unite around the same objectives and disease areas to discover new treatments.

AI can be of great help in expanding the drug discovery world by making ideal predictions in more resourceful areas in science. By drawing text from scientific research papers, AI can help in recognizing relevant information rapidly and make connections between biomedical bodies, like medicines and proteins.

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Regardless of the potential that AI brings, the adaptation of the tech is slow, even after identifying new targets for disease in lesser time, at a considerable expense, and with lower malfunction rate. Some companies have embedded AI from early discovery through different clinical trials, and yet they face challenges in implementing it by their experts thoroughly, in case the algorithm goes wrong.

While identifying a target, the AI algorithm might have issues in differentiating between the potential positive and negative genetic effects on the disease course or foresees the drug targets with possible significant side effects. Companies need to help the system by asking them to filter specific drug or target classes. Although it is an essential step for the AI system to learn, it can be depressing for the biologists to find that the drug targets might be bad choices. The refinement process carried out by human employees is critical for helping the AI system discover and learn, for guaranteeing better scientific outcomes.

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