Chemists pin hopes on deep learning for drug discovery | January 23, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 4 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 4 | pp. 29-30
Issue Date: January 23, 2017

Cover Stories: New directions for machine learning

Chemists pin hopes on deep learning for drug discovery

Pharma scientists are exploring what the algorithm behind voice and face recognition can do for chemistry
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: computational chemistry, machine learning, deep neural networks, drug discovery, deep learning

A depressing trend looms large for today’s pharmaceutical chemist: For the past 60 years, the cost of developing a new drug—currently about $2.5 billion—has roughly doubled every nine years. Many have placed the blame partly on cheminformatics: Even though lots of time and money have been spent on computationally searching for and docking drugs into proteins and other target molecules, the technique hasn’t lived up to the hype and hasn’t produced a prolific stream of . . .

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