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    New AI Discovery Technology Revolutionizes Protein Structural Changes Prediction

    ByByron Bekker

    Nov 18, 2023
    New AI Discovery Technology Revolutionizes Protein Structural Changes Prediction

    Fujitsu and research institution RIKEN have partnered to develop a groundbreaking AI drug discovery technology that can accurately predict structural changes of proteins from electron microscope images. This innovative technology utilizes generative AI, marking a significant milestone in the field of drug discovery.

    The collaboration between Fujitsu and RIKEN comes on the heels of their successful development of Japan’s second quantum computer. This progress is part of a global effort to make technology more practical and enhance businesses’ digital transformation strategies.

    Fujitsu will make its prediction technology for protein structural changes available today as part of the Fujitsu AI Platform, offering users the opportunity to test out advanced technologies efficiently.

    Furthermore, Fujitsu and RIKEN will provide quantum computing and simulation resources to businesses in key sectors like finance and drug discovery. This strategic move aims to accelerate joint research efforts and expand the search for practical quantum applications in various fields, including materials science and finance.

    While Fujitsu acknowledges that there is a long way to go, they are already planning to develop an AI-based software that can automatically select from different computing resources and algorithms to provide optimal solutions to customers’ problems.

    In addition to revolutionizing drug discovery, this partnership also focuses on generative AI research for the healthcare sector. By accurately estimating the various forms of a target protein’s conformation from a large number of projection images taken by electron microscopy, Fujitsu and RIKEN have developed technology that significantly reduces the development time and cost of new drugs.

    The goal is to enable the design of drugs that bind to specific target proteins, including bacteria and viruses, with remarkable accuracy and efficiency. This technology has the potential to decrease the time required to acquire protein conformation data by more than tenfold compared to conventional methods.

    Moreover, the AI drug discovery technology will be leveraged to analyze complexes between target proteins and antibodies, as well as to predict structural changes in molecules. By doing so, it aims to contribute to the discovery of revolutionary healthcare solutions that improve efficiencies for doctors and offer life-changing treatments for patients.

    With other companies like IBM and NVIDIA also investing in quantum computing strategies, the race to unlock the full potential of this technology is intensifying. Additionally, collaborations between companies and research institutions, such as the partnership between IBM and Moderna, further highlight the promising intersection of quantum computing and generative AI in healthcare solutions.

    Overall, the development of this AI drug discovery technology marks a significant advancement in the field. Its potential to predict protein structural changes accurately and efficiently has the power to transform drug development processes, ultimately benefiting patients worldwide.


    What is generative AI?
    Generative AI refers to a branch of artificial intelligence that focuses on creating new data or content based on existing patterns or examples. It uses algorithms and neural networks to generate new information, such as images, texts, or even music.

    What are protein structural changes?
    Protein structural changes refer to alterations in the three-dimensional arrangement of a protein molecule. These changes can have significant implications for the protein’s function and interactions with other molecules.

    How can AI drug discovery technology benefit healthcare?
    AI drug discovery technology can significantly reduce the time and cost involved in developing new drugs. By accurately predicting protein structural changes and designing drugs that target specific proteins, this technology has the potential to revolutionize the healthcare industry by providing more efficient treatments and improving patient outcomes.

    What is quantum computing?
    Quantum computing is a cutting-edge technology that leverages the principles of quantum mechanics to perform computations. Unlike traditional computers, which use bits to represent information as either 0 or 1, quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits, which can exist in multiple states simultaneously. This allows quantum computers to solve complex problems more efficiently than classical computers.

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