Ali Madani, Profluent founder and CEO

Proflu­ent de­buts to de­sign pro­teins with ma­chine learn­ing in bid to move past 'AI sprin­kled on top'

While Ope­nAI’s Mi­crosoft-al­lied Chat­G­PT takes the world by storm, a fledg­ling start­up in Berke­ley, CA is de­but­ing to take a sim­i­lar lan­guage-learn­ing mod­el ap­proach, but with the goal of de­sign­ing new pro­teins.

Proflu­ent, found­ed by a for­mer Sales­force AI re­search leader, has se­cured $9 mil­lion to kick-start its work, with pro­ceeds go­ing to­ward build­ing out an in­te­grat­ed wet lab and re­cruit­ing ma­chine learn­ing sci­en­tists and bi­ol­o­gists. In­sight Part­ners led the seed round. The in­vestor base al­so in­cludes Air Street Cap­i­tal, AIX Ven­tures and Phoenix Ven­ture Part­ners.

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