Iktos | December 20, 2021
Iktos, a company specialized in Artificial Intelligence for new drug design, and The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU), School of Life Sciences, The University of Dundee, focused on the discovery of therapeutics for neglected diseases and the translation of novel biology through small molecule drug discovery, announced entering a collaboration to apply Iktos’s generative modelling artificial intelligence (AI) technology in one of DDU’s drug discovery programs. Under the agreement, Iktos will apply its de novo ligand and structure-based generative modelling technologies, its AI-based retrosynthesis analysis and planning tool Spaya™, and know-how complementing DDU’s drug discovery capabilities to expedite the identification of potential pre-clinical candidates and to identify additional novel chemical matter with suitable properties.
The DDU was established in 2006 to respond to a lack of drug targets identified for neglected tropical diseases being translated into therapeutics for diseases impacting the poorest people in the world. The DDU translates basic science into lead compounds to validate putative drug targets, to use as tools to investigate disease pathways and, when appropriate, advance to pre-clinical drug candidates for multiple diseases, e.g. TB and cancer.
Iktos’s AI technology, based on deep generative models, helps to bring new insights and directions into the drug discovery process based on a comprehensive data-driven chemical structure generation technology. This technology automatically designs virtual novel molecules with all of the characteristics of a successful drug molecule. This approach, validated through Iktos’s other collaborations, is a novel solution to one of the key challenges in drug design: rapid identification of molecules that simultaneously satisfy multiple parameters, such as potency, selectivity, safety, and project-specific properties. This approach uniquely enables the exploration of chemical space and produces innovative molecule designs with greater freedom to operate.
Iktos has recently diversified its R&D efforts into the development of an AI technology for retrosynthesis. Identifying and selecting synthetic pathways is one of the most challenging and time-consuming tasks in synthetic and medicinal chemistry. Iktos has developed AI based retrosynthesis analysis and planning tool Spaya™ by harnessing the power of data-driven retrosynthesis algorithm for systematic exploration and prioritisation of synthetic routes for a desired compound in minutes.
“We are thrilled to be working with Iktos to drive our projects towards drug candidates. Iktos AI platform combined with our own in-house computational and medicinal chemistry design teams provide a powerful combination for innovative new drug design.”
Professor Paul Wyatt, Head of the DDU
“We are thrilled and proud to join forces with DDU with the aim to help in the discovery of therapeutics for neglected diseases and the translation of novel biology through small molecule drug discovery,” commented Yann Gaston-Mathé, President and CEO of Iktos. “Pleased to have earned DDU’s trust, we are confident that together with DDU and their established R&D partners, we will be able to identify promising novel chemical matter and solve complex multiparametric optimisation problems. The feedback from DDU’s research team will be highly valuable as we improve our product offerings. Our strategy has always been to tackle challenging problems alongside our collaborators where we can demonstrate value generation for new and on-going drug discovery projects.”
The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) (est. 2006) within the School of Life Sciences at The University of Dundee is a fully integrated, Biotech-style, drug discovery centre working across multiple disease areas. The DDU collaborates with partners to translate world-class biology research into novel drug targets and candidate drugs to address unmet medical need.
Incorporated in October 2016, Iktos is a French start-up company specialized in the development of artificial intelligence solutions applied to chemical research, more specifically medicinal chemistry and new drug design. Iktos is developing a proprietary and innovative solution based on deep learning generative models, which enables, using existing data, to design molecules that are optimized in silico to meet all the success criteria of a small molecule discovery project. The use of Iktos technology enables major productivity gains in upstream pharmaceutical R&D. Iktos offers its technology both as professional services and as a SaaS software platform, Makya™. Iktos is also developing Spaya™, a synthesis planning software based upon Iktos’s proprietary AI technology for retrosynthesis.
Frost & Sullivan | June 17, 2022
Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, Global Pharmaceuticals Outlook, finds that the accelerated drug development timelines are driving digitalization and innovation across the pharmaceutical value chain. Data, the decentralization of clinical trials, supply-chain resilience, digital therapeutics, and manufacturing automation are the key areas driving digitalization. The industry also ensures that healthcare will remain precise, preventive, and outcome-based in promoting social and financial inclusion. The global pharmaceuticals market, including small molecules and biologics, is expected to register 3.8% growth, garnering $1.48 trillion by the end of 2022 from $1.43 trillion in 2021 under the aspirational scenario.
"The partnerships and horizontal integration of technology companies with life science companies have laid the foundation for rapid and cost-effective drug discovery and development. Further, all major genomics technology companies are channeling their resources to digitalize genomic data for better selection of patients for clinical trials and to reduce the turnaround time for clinical studies."
Surbhi Gupta, Healthcare & Life Sciences Senior Industry Analyst
Gupta added: "Owing to the growing use of machine learning and artificial intelligence in personalized medicine, the pharmaceuticals industry will move from a symptom-driven treatment approach to a genetics-based approach. Additionally, precision medicine can offer in-depth information about cellular and molecular alterations, accelerating the development of targeted therapies."
Digitalization and innovation in the pharmaceuticals industry will unlock new growth opportunities, including:
Digital therapeutics companies must excel in areas where many pharmaceutical companies are lacking, including data analytics, interoperability, user-centric design, and flexible business models.
Innovative formulation and delivery technologies that improve RNA stability at ambient temperatures will facilitate the rapid global adoption of RNA-based treatments at reduced costs.
Contract development and manufacturing companies should partner with global companies to meet the required experience in clinical drug manufacturing and expand market reach in Asia-Pacific.
Global Pharmaceuticals Outlook, 2022 is the latest addition to Frost & Sullivan's Healthcare & Life Sciences research and analyses available through the Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council, which helps organizations identify a continuous flow of growth opportunities to succeed in an unpredictable future.
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Basetwo | May 27, 2022
Basetwo, a SaaS AI platform for manufacturers, announced it secured a $3.8M seed round led by Glasswing Ventures and Argon Ventures with additional funding from Caffeinated Capital, Graphite Ventures, MaRs IAF, Pareto Holdings, Plug and Play, and Quiet Capital.
The funding supports the launch of the category-making Basetwo AI platform, a first-of-its-kind solution that enables process engineers to rapidly build digital twins of their manufacturing plants leveraging a familiar no-code interface. Basetwo promotes the digitalization of manufacturing systems to foster intelligent manufacturing across the global supply chain. Basetwo intends to be the default platform for continuous improvement in the current Good Manufacturing Process (cGMP), beginning with the pharmaceutical market and expanding to the food and beverage and chemical markets.
The pharmaceutical manufacturing market has been challenged in the past two years due to the pandemic and associated supply chain issues. In addition, the rate of drug development and demand for pharmaceuticals has increased at an unprecedented rate, fueled by technological and economic advancement globally. However, manufacturing optimization to meet this demand is still rudimentary and inadequate to meet today’s and future needs.
According to ABI Research the pharma industry is predicted to spend over $4.5 billion on digital transformation by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 27%. In addition, the market for digital twins is forecasted to reach $35.5 billion by 2026, a 37% CAGR, according to a recent ResearchandMarkets report, primarily driven by the growing applications of digital twin technology in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.
Basetwo’s platform powered by “physics-informed machine learning” is well suited for pharmaceutical manufacturing. The Company’s no-code approach brings highly sophisticated capabilities from pre-built models to data pipelines and integrations within a complex manufacturing process to a format familiar to process engineers. Basetwo's ability to predict and understand manufacturing processes improves as more data is gathered, improving return on investment over time.
“The introduction of our no-code AI platform lets manufacturers of any size leverage the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning (ML) to develop digital twins easily, quickly, and economically. We are excited to have the backing and the expertise from Glasswing Ventures, Argon Ventures, and all our investors as we scale the business.”
Thouheed Abdul Gaffoor, Co-Founder and CEO of Basetwo
Having previously co-founded and exited Emagin, an AI startup in the heavy industry, Thouheed has seen first-hand the challenges that manufacturers face with maximizing value from machine learning initiatives. To address this challenge, Thouheed left his previous role as Head of AI at Autodesk, and partnered with Thamjeeth Abdul Gaffoor, who co-founded and served as the CFO at Emagin, Tawfeeq Abdul Gaffoor, former Software Engineer at Lyft and Databricks, and Kiefer Eaton, a pharmaceutical industry specialist from Johnson & Johnson. Together, the Basetwo founding team brings deep domain expertise in manufacturing, technology, and pharmaceuticals.
“The pharmaceutical manufacturing market is at a critical point, having been heavily challenged by the pandemic and supply chain issues. By creating a digital duplicate of a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant, the Basetwo AI platform allows process engineers to analyze where things might break down — or run more efficiently, and increase resilience,” said Rudina Seseri, Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures. “As a category maker, Basetwo has delivered a revolutionary AI-based no-code solution that enables manufacturers to use digital twins for optimization. We anticipate that Thouheed and his team will disrupt the status quo in manufacturing and affect significant change in the industry.”
Basetwo is the first no-code AI platform that enables process engineers to rapidly build and operationalize digital twins of their manufacturing plants. From process development to commercial manufacturing, manufacturers use the digital twins they build with Basetwo AI to improve process efficiencies across the value chain.
About Glasswing Ventures
Glasswing Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in the next generation of AI and frontier technology startups that enable the rise of the intelligent enterprise. The firm was founded by visionary partners with decades of experience in these markets, a disciplined investment approach, and a strong track record of industry-leading returns. Glasswing leverages its deep domain expertise and world-leading advisory councils to invest in exceptional founders who transform markets and revolutionize industries.
About Argon Ventures
Argon Ventures is a venture fund with a mission to amplify the energy of founders to launch breakthrough products to build impactful, global businesses. The firm’s Intelligent Industry Solutions investment thesis is centered on cutting-edge software platforms that accelerate productivity & drive top-line revenue, transform markets through radical efficiency and create enterprise value through data at scale. Argon’s portfolio spans a number of markets, including digital health, future of work, manufacturing, and others. The founding General Partners collectively bring over four decades of experience as successful operators, investors, advisors, founders and C-level executives of global companies.
LexisNexis Reed Tech | April 27, 2022
Reed Technology and Information Services Inc. a leading provider of data management and analytics solutions for the life sciences industry, announced an alliance with Schlafender Hase®, the market leader for intelligent, automated proofreading software and services for regulated industries. Current and prospective customers of both companies can leverage exclusive benefits as part of this new alliance ecosystem. Pharmaceutical labelers who have regulatory deadlines for US FDA can benefit from the expert conversion and submission services offered by Reed Tech while ensuring reduced risk and greater accuracy in the proofreading process for drug labels and related documentation with Schlafender Hase's TVT®, the Text Verification Tool®.
"Schlafender Hase is already a trusted ally as part of our pharmaceutical SPL conversion process. By offering our UDI and pharma customers the benefits of TVT, we continue advancing our mission of providing innovation for the unique workflows of these specialty manufacturers. Ensuring the accuracy of labels, barcodes, graphics and IFU language is essential. With TVT®, regulatory team members around the world benefit from superior, automated proofreading in order to reduce risk and meet the compliance requirements of local health authorities,"
Arshad Rahman, General Manager of the Reed Tech Life Sciences division
"Schlafender Hase is pleased to recognize Reed Tech as an industry-leading, core SPL conversion service provider. It will be productive for our customers to have access to their deep understanding of regulatory submission requirements for drug manufacturers and distributors," said Peter Muller, Sales Director, North America at Schlafender Hase. Those manufacturers bringing new products to market or maintaining existing portfolios will benefit from the subject-matter expertise offered by Reed Tech."
Both the pharmaceutical and medical device industries are continually upgrading processes and preparing for multiple global health authority requirements. The complementary solutions and services between Reed Tech and Schlafender Hase offer critical efficiency gains in managing the product life cycle.
About LexisNexis Legal & Professional
LexisNexis® Legal & Professional provides legal, regulatory, and business information and analytics that help customers increase their productivity, improve decision-making, achieve better outcomes, and advance the rule of law around the world. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 150 countries with 10,500 employees worldwide, is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.
Reed Tech serves manufacturers and distributors of medical device and drug products, and for those who support them in consulting and IT roles by delivering better outcomes for the collection, transformation, submission and analysis of regulatory data. Our solutions support the innovation ecosystem and enable you to achieve regulatory compliance and improved product data management contributing to impactful innovations to our world. The corporate mission is to advance humanity by delivering better outcomes to the innovation community. Reed Tech is a LexisNexis® company.
About Schlafender Hase
Schlafender Hase leads the way in intelligent, automated text and graphic proofreading solutions. With its flagship product, TVT®, the Text Verification Tool®, users can quickly compare source content with output formats, detecting changes and deviations prior to publication.
Schlafender Hase serves regulated industries across the globe. Clients include the world's leading pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as healthcare regulatory bodies. The continued success of Schlafender Hase is based on delivering quality products and a strong understanding of customer pain points. Easy to use, our products reduce proofreading workloads, assure the quality of printed and online materials, and mitigate the risk of costly errors.