Huadong Medicine & Exscientia to accelerate oncology drug discovery with AI

Exscientia, an AI drug discovery company, and Chinese pharma firm, Huadong Medicine, have partnered to accelerate the discovery of breakthrough small-molecule therapeutics targeted at innovative approach to oncology.

The first project selected in partnership is focused on transcription control of DNA damage response genes, to treat patients with defective DNA damage repair mechanism, leading to high mutation frequency, as seen is in patients with ovarian cancer and breast cancer.

Under the collaboration, the pharmatech Exscientia and Huadong will share responsibilities, with Exscientia applying its advanced Centaur Chemist AI platform to design new molecules against project specific objectives and Huadong Medicine applying its China based experimental and managerial capabilities to generate data and progress Exscientia’s AI design in a rapid closed-loop cycle.

The partnership will also support both Huadong’s strategy to introduce new medicines in key markets and Exscientia’s aims to advance AI-designed innovative medicines globally.

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