May 26, 2020

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Jim Collins receives funding to harness AI for drug discovery

Housed at TED and supported by leading social affect advisor The Bridgespan Group, The Audacious Task is a collaborative funding initiative which is catalyzing social affect on a grand scale by convening funders and social business people, with the intention of supporting daring methods to the world’s most urgent difficulties.

Between this year’s thoroughly chosen modify-makers is Jim Collins and a staff at MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Equipment Understanding in Health and fitness (J-Clinic), which include co-principal investigator Regina Barzilay. The funding provided by means of The Audacious Task will aid the response to the antibiotic resistance crisis by means of the enhancement of new courses of antibiotics to secure individuals towards some of the world’s deadliest bacterial pathogens.

“The operate of Jim Collins and his colleagues is extra pertinent now than at any time ahead of,” suggests Anantha P. Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT University of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Laptop or computer Science. “We are grateful for the motivation from The Audacious Task and its contributors, to each aid and foster the investigate all-around AI and drug discovery, and to join our attempts in the University of Engineering to recognize the probable worldwide affect of this remarkable operate.” 

Collins’ and Barzilay’s Antibiotics-AI Task seeks to make the initially new courses of antibiotics modern society has seen in 3 a long time, by calling in an interdisciplinary staff of planet-class bioengineers, microbiologists, pc experts, and chemists.

Collins is the Termeer Professor of Professional medical Engineering and Science in MIT’s Institute for Professional medical Engineering and Science (IMES) and the Office of Organic Engineering, faculty co-guide of J-Clinic, faculty guide of the MIT-Takeda System, and a member of the Harvard-MIT Health and fitness Sciences and Technological know-how faculty. He is also a main founding faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Impressed Engineering at Harvard College and an Institute member of the Wide Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Barzilay is the Delta Electronics Professor in MIT’s Office of Electrical Engineering and Laptop or computer Science, faculty co-guide of J-Clinic, and a member of the Laptop or computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT.

Earlier this 12 months, Collins and Barzilay together with Tommi Jaakkola, Thomas Siebel Professor of Electrical Engineering and Laptop or computer Science and the Institute for Knowledge, Devices, and Society, and postdoc Jonathan Stokes were aspect of a investigate staff that properly made use of a deep-mastering model to recognize a new antibiotic. Around the following 7 many years, The Audacious Project’s motivation will aid Collins and Barzilay as they continue to use the exact same process to quickly explore above a billion molecules to recognize and style novel antibiotics.