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Automating Drug Discoveries Using Computer Vision (googleblog.com)
28 points by lainon 9 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 2 comments

Protein crystallization also considered as a potential driver for building low-earth orbit labs and factories. It is conjectured that microgravity environments are more hospitable to the energetics of macromolecular long range ordering. Big Pharma as well possesses the capital intensive resources to fund these missions. And with re-usable rockets breaking the $10M per launch threshold, now may be an ideal time to pursue a 100% automated, space-based protein re-crystallization facility.

Big Pharma and NASA have already been teaming up on micro-gravity protein crystallization projects for several years now. When I was interning at Merck I attended a lecture by a staff scientist, Paul Reichert, who is doing this exact type of work in collaboration with NASA [0]. He has already had several successful missions. It's a very interesting field with a lot of potential.

[0]: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experime...

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