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The Cancer-Killing Nanorobots are Coming

Posted on April 26th, 2019 by

Pharma R&D

In recent years, robotics, AI, and Machine Intelligence have been at the forefront of the symbiotic need for humans and our own AI technology to work together. Last year, ground breaking research by molecular chemists at Arizona State University has taken cancer research and treatment to a new level. They are in the process of developing an “origami-inspired” system that can identify the tumor, attack, and deploy a mechanism to suffocate the tumor. Innovation is everywhere in this field, and this one is truly amazing.

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On World Malaria Day, Assessing Progress in the Fight Against a Persistent Disease

Posted on April 25th, 2019 by

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Today marks the WHO’s worldwide recognition of those affected by malaria and the widespread global effort to develop a cure. The Elsevier Professional Services team exemplifies this effort with the creation of a database covering interactions and functions of P. faciparum proteins. This is the deadliest of the Plasmodium species that cause malaria in human beings.

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Data Science Helps Assess the Safety of “Inactive” Ingredients in Drugs

Posted on April 23rd, 2019 by

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Elsevier’s Maria Shkrob’s study takes an microscopic lens to the topic of how data mapping and analytics can exposure the “under the radar” effects and potential dangers of inactive ingredients in drugs.

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Machine Learning Is Accelerating the Pace of Drug Development, But Good Data is Key

Posted on April 19th, 2019 by

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Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning are on the tip of everyone’s tongues when it comes to acceleration of the pace of discovery The Pharma R&D market is a perfect exemplification of this phenomenon. Medical advancements enabled by such technologies have proven to significantly accelerate discovery processes, saving valuable time and money required for the development of life changing solutions. That being said, there is the reality that human beings with a passion and talent for feeding such mechanisms still and likely always will provide invaluable inputs. In short, we are not to be replaced by these advancements; rather the changes are indicative of a new era of advancement defined by “partnerships” between humans and machines.

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Robots, Reactions & Automated Labs

Posted on April 18th, 2019 by

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Elseiver’s Elia Lima-Watson, MD explores the phenomenon of automation int he lab beyond just rote tasks. Fascinating developments in this field and others continue to accelerate the discovery process at a dizzying rate.

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Integrating Chemistry Data Sources Provides Big Benefits

Posted on April 17th, 2019 by

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Unification across platforms is providing multiple benefits to organizations who pull together massive amounts of data across multiple platforms. Technology is evolving to eliminate data redundancy and silos as evidenced by the collaboration between Elsevier and Lundbeck.

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The Elsevier Pharma R&D blog provides insight and opinion on topics related to pharmaceutical research and development, namely: big data, target identification, new drug discovery, drug safety monitoring, risk mitigation and regulatory compliance. We serve the community of chemists, scientists, drug safety specialists, educators and students interested in pharmaceutical R&D.

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