Alice Zhang Is Using AI To Transform Drug Discovery

| November 22, 2017

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Alice Zhang’s startup, Verge Genomics, thinks merging the latest in computer science with new technologies for decoding the human genome can improve the success rate for new drug discovery. Verge is focused on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, areas that most drug companies have abandoned as hopeless.

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