Using deep learning to update the drug discovery paradigm: an interview with Professor Jackie …

insights from industryProfessor Jackie HunterCEO of BenevolentBio Interview conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab) Please can you give an overview of the current drug discovery paradigm? In what ways do you think it needs to be leaner? With the current drug discovery paradigm, it takes up to 15 years to translate an idea, such as hypothesizing a certain protein is important in a disease and testing this with targeting the protein with a drug, all the way through to proof of concept. The drug has to be filed with the regulatory authorities, having done all the safety and efficacy testing. It’s a long process and it’s also very costly. Estimates vary, but it’s currently reckoned to cost over 1 billion dollars per drug. That’s partly because you have to pay…


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