Survey: Tech expertise ranks as No. 1 barrier to AI development among life science pros

Forty-four percent of life science professionals use artificial intelligence at their companies, according to a Jan. 9 survey by The Pistoia Alliance.

For the survey, the research and development nonprofit asked 374 life science professionals about their attitudes toward AI, machine learning and neuro-linguistic programming.

Here are four things to know about AI use in the life science sector.

1. The plurality of respondents — 46 percent — said AI projects in use at their companies are in early discovery or preclinical research phases.

2. The majority of respondents — 94 percent — indicated they expect to use machine learning in their businesses within two years.

3. Eight percent of respondents reported they knew "next to nothing" about AI technologies.

4. The No. 1 barrier to AI adoption was technical expertise (30 percent). Other challenges included data quality (26 percent) and access to data (24 percent).

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