This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Xmas Legs Small Present Present
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Australia version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Newsweek International > 9th February 2018 > Pharma Chameleon

Pharma Chameleon

An AI breakthrough could lead to a silver bullet for Alzheimer’s and offer a faster, cheaper way to find life-changing drugs



IF VERGE GENOMICS CO-FOUNDER Alice Zhang is right, the kind of technology that allows you to search the web for “Japanese baseball jerseys” and find a $49.99 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters shirt will help discover a cure for Alzheimer’s.

And that’s just the beginning. Her company could make traditional drug research in a lab seem more outmoded than an Amish wagon on an eight-lane highway. Most new Big Pharma drugs have gone through a painstaking process of lab research and trials that went on for 10 to 15 years and cost as much as $2 billion. Verge seems to be showing how to take that analog process and make it digital. And we all know what happens when anything goes from analog to digital: costs dive and supply shoots up. People used to buy a vinyl album for $12 but now can just stream it on Spotify for nearly nothing. In Verge Genomics, you can see the promise of a similar transformation in pharmaceuticals.

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Newsweek International - 9th February 2018
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - 9th February 2018
Or 799 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 1.04 per issue
Or 5299 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only $ 1.41 per issue
Or 599 points

View Issues

About Newsweek International

THE WAR ON COLLEGE For decades, conservatives have waged a lonely war on college, but they are finally winning. They suddenly have allies on all sides, eager to tear down higher education and start over.