Michigan Medicine, Atomwise launch research collaboration for AI-driven drug discovery

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Researchers from Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor have been granted access to San Francisco-based Atomwise's artificial intelligence software to accelerate their drug discovery projects.

The collaboration was enabled by Atomwise's AI Molecular Screen Awards program. AIMS gives academic researchers access to the same cutting-edge virtual drug screening technology used by large pharmaceutical companies, and also provides them with compounds for physical screening and expert guidance in structural biology and medicinal chemistry.

One of the chosen Michigan Medicine researchers will use Atomwise's software to discover pain management drugs that could potentially replace opioids. Another will use the AI to develop a drug to inhibit growth of a fibrotic matrix, thus improving treatment options for fibrotic diseases of the lung, kidney and heart.

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