Time For AI To Deliver In Drug Discovery, Says Atomwise CEO
Having signed a multi-year, multi-target agreement with Lilly worth potentially $550m, Atomwise CEO Abe Heifets tells Scrip the burden of proof is on AI practitioners to start producing relevant and actionable data.
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Biopharma companies raised $12.4bn in Q2, largely from follow-on public offerings. In the latest mega-merger of the year, AbbVie spent $63bn on Allergan and its established portfolio. Many of the higher-valued alliances focused on the area of protein degradation.