AI for Drug Development: Experts Break Down What’s Possible–And What’s Just Hype

October 10, 2018

(STAT News) – If a group of chemists found 18 more potent versions of a drug out of a sea of 3,000 potential chemicals in the span of a few weeks, they might be hailed as superhumans. That actually happened at Relay Therapeutics, said Dr. Donald Bergstrom, the company’s head of R&D. But the driving force behind it wasn’t human at all — it was artificial intelligence. AI and machine learning have been hailed as a powerful new tool for drug discovery. But despite the hype, there is still a huge gap between the potential and the reality.

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