In January 2019, Charles River Laboratories and Atomwise formed an alliance to provide integrated, AI-Driven drug discovery.
History and Approach
Atomwise’s technology was first developed by Dr. Wallach, a PhD student at the University of Toronto. The technology uses convolutional neural networks to predict the bioactivity of small molecules for drug discovery applications. It uses a statistical approach that extracts insights from experimental affinity measurements and protein structures to predict the binding of small molecules to proteins.
This tool allows chemists to pursue hit discovery, lead optimization and toxicity predictions. Atomwise analyzes billions of compounds to identify a small, specific subset for synthesis and testing.
AtomNet is Atomwise's deep convolutional network.
AtomNet represents a protein-ligand pair as a set of 3-dimensional volumetric pixels containing channels for carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, etc atom types. AtomNet applies local convolutional filters to structural target information to predict new active molecules for targets with no previously known modulators.
Atomwise signs four new deals for AI-based drug discovery
Atomwise Announces Largest China-US Collaboration for AI Drug Discovery
Atomwise announced a collaboration with Hansoh Pharmaceutical Group Company Limited, a biopharmaceutical company in China, to design and discover potential drug candidates for up to eleven undisclosed target proteins in multiple therapeutic areas.
Atomwise and DNDi collaborate to advance drug development using AI for neglected diseases.
Atomwise raises a $45,000,000 series A round from Threshold Ventures, B Capital Group, Khosla Ventures, Monsanto Growth Ventures, Y Combinator, DCVC Bio, Tencent, DFJ, Baidu Ventures and Dolby Family Ventures.
Atomwise raises a $6,000,000 seed round from Threshold Ventures, Mission and Market, Data Collective, OS Fund, Khosla Ventures, Draper Associates, Farzad Nazem and AME Cloud Ventures.
Atomwise raises a $120,000 seed round from Y Combinator and David E. Weekly.
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