Summary #1334

Scientists make digital breakthrough in chemistry that could revolutionize the drug industry

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  • Chemist Lee Cronin with team built a “chemputer” that makes drug molecules, and now they created software that turns research papers into recipes for the machine.
  • The goal is to create a “Spotify for chemistry”, with recipes for molecules that can be quickly created for medication or research purposes.
  • Cronin’s system uses XDL, a “chemical description language”, which chemists can edit in plain English.
  • The system successfully extracted 12 recipes from chemical literature, including lidocaine, which the chemputer created with similar efficiency to human chemists.
  • Cronin started a company called Chemify, and his system is making ways into pharma - but competition’s growing in the market, with other systems like AutoSyn.

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