New Approaches to Methods of Research
Finding new ways to treat disease and developing drugs is a long and complex process. Reducing the time required to conduct biomedical research could save many lives.
Universal Problem
To create drugs, you need to get chemical compounds with certain properties. It is necessary to test hypotheses about what substances can have the required characteristics, and as a result of what chemical reactions they can be obtained. Also It is required to conduct experiments on their synthesis. These are the most laborious stages of biomedical research. They demand manual labor and the personal presence of qualified staff in the laboratory, significant time and resources. Low research speed can cost human lives.
Solution
The most laborious stages of research, such as modeling molecules with desired properties and their synthesis, can be automated using robotization and computer modeling technologies. This will help to reduce time and resource costs. Also, thanks to these technologies, researchers will be able to test more hypotheses in a shorter time, discard the deliberately dead-end areas of research and focus on the most promising ones. This change in the approach to research will allow us to respond quickly to pressing challenges in the field of health.
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In the future, new approaches to research will contribute to the collaboration of scientists, reduce the time and resource costs for research.

Automation of routine operations allows scientists to more effectively allocate time and use their cognitive abilities to solve more important and creative problems.
Experiment Framework
The main directions of changing approaches include the use of artificial intelligence in pharmacology and the robotization of chemical production. Leaders in these areas are Insilico Medicine and IBM.

Insilico Medicine's developments allow pharmaceutical companies to find new uses for existing drugs and predict research results.

IBM's RoboRXN chemical research automation project can potentially halve the development time for new drugs.
Tools and Technologies
  • Computer modeling, data analysis and deep learning for hypothesis testing
  • Cloud computing for distributed data processing
  • Robotics for the automation of laboratory processes
Scaling Plans
The pandemic has increased the demand from researchers for technology to conduct experiments without being physically present in the laboratory and coordinating distributed work. Probably, solutions for telepresence and automation of production processes will be created or adapted for use in medicine.
Standards and Values
  • Reducing research time without compromising the quality of results
  • Transparency and controllability of procedures, explainability of results
Community and Leaders
In addition to large companies such as Insilico Medicine and IBM, there are communities of enthusiasts that you can join to transform the way biomedical research is conducted. For example, The Rejuve Network and Open Humans.
Allies
  • Rejuve is an AI-powered biomedical research platform.
  • MOZI.AI is a Machine Learning Based Bioinformatics Toolkit
  • SingularityNET is an Extensive Artificial Intelligence Algorithm Library
What you can do to join the practice of new approaches to medical research:
Play the Foldit game to help scientists discover vaccines and biological innovations
Master bioinformatics and data analysis tools