fbpx
  • wellness
  • career
More

    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.”

    David Stewart
    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.
    -Advertisement-
    2,893FansLike
    6,639FollowersFollow
    2,547FollowersFollow

    More Stories

    Concierge Sun Care? Yes, It’s a Brilliant Service

    We are big sun-protection nerds here, and we know that sun protection is confusing at best. It's not as simple as smearing on some...

    14 Exercises We Can’t Do. Really? Says Who?

    Want to rile me up? Tell me I can't do something because of my age. That's known as poking the bear. Bad idea. The...

    Senior Housing: When Will It Focus on What Really Matters? by Dan Hutson

    We’ve all heard the news: We’re on the brink of becoming a permanently more mature society (agewise if not in our behavior). The number...

    AGEIST Contributing to Forbes on Healthcare and Age

    We are tremendously honored to have been chosen to contribute our findings to the just-released Forbes article by Dan Gingiss "Why An Aging Population...

    Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams: A 30-Year Musical Romance

    A story of a couple of A-list performers, who happened to have been together 30 years, who just made a great record.Multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter Larry Campbell...