Alex Zhavoronkov (Insilico)

In­sil­i­co preps first can­di­date for IND stud­ies, hop­ing to launch tri­al in IPF by end of 2021

Over the last sev­er­al years, Alex Zha­voronkov has turned In­sil­i­co in­to one of the most well-con­nect­ed AI biotechs out there. Now, the Hong Kong-based com­pa­ny is one step clos­er to reach­ing the clin­ic.

In­sil­i­co is bring­ing its first can­di­date in­to IND-en­abling stud­ies, Zha­voronkov an­nounced Wednes­day, with the goal of launch­ing an in-hu­man tri­al at some point lat­er this year. The move marks what he says is a first in AI drug dis­cov­ery, as both the tar­get and small-mol­e­cule in­hibitor in­volved in the pro­gram are com­plete­ly new and AI-gen­er­at­ed.

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