Artificial Intelligence Searches for Human Cures

AI hunts for cures

There are 8,000 diseases out there that need curing. Thus far, the only way to tackle them has been through painstaking, lengthy research, the publishing of papers, peer review, and costly analysis and testing by big pharmaceutical companies. Enter: artificial intelligence. Turns out that among the most immediate applications of AI is one that could benefit humankind’s understanding of the enormous amount of existing research data. Leading the way — and coming to us via the Financial Times — is London-based BenevolentBio. And leading BenevolentBio. 61-year-old CEO Jackie Hunter. The veteran scientist and previous head of the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council made the jump to a startup because of the desire to fix the low success rate and slow pace of Big Pharma.

The company’s computers suck in relevant studies, articles and papers, and scientists do the final bit of work: identifying promising cures and partnering with drug companies to develop solutions.  Her office is filled with younger, mostly male colleagues — a point that energizes her. “What can I contribute?” she tells the FT. “An ability to ask the right questions, have a different point of view, and challenge the way of doing things.” We love to see this kind of cross-generational work atmosphere, especially one led by a woman. And one of our favorite takeaways from the piece was Hunter’s take on the fast-paced environment, which took some getting used to. Being uncomfortable is good, she says, “because it means you are doing things differently.”

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The ideas expressed here are solely the opinions of the author and are not researched or verified by AGEIST LLC, or anyone associated with AGEIST LLC. This material should not be construed as medical advice or recommendation, it is for informational use only. We encourage all readers to discuss with your qualified practitioners the relevance of the application of any of these ideas to your life. The recommendations contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You should always consult your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or stopping any treatment that has been prescribed for you by your physician or other qualified health provider. Please call your doctor or 911 immediately if you think you may have a medical or psychiatric emergency.

David Stewart
David is the founder and face of AGEIST. He is an expert on, and a passionate champion of the emerging global over-50 lifestyle. A dynamic speaker, he is available for panels, keynotes and informational talks at david@agei.st.


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