Big data and antibiotic research
Antibiotic discovery has now been enabled by Big Data. It appears that the algorithms used for Big Data may also help us lead healthier lives, and not just pinpoint advertising to us or take away our jobs
Over the last few weeks, I have had a few conversations with Anand Anandkumar, an old friend and boss of the firm Bugworks Research. Bugworks is a start-up drug discovery company that aims to discover novel pharmaceutical assets for combating antibiotic microbial resistance. Hans Christian Gram, a Danish scientist, is the first person to have discovered that bacteria come in two classes. The first, called Gram positive, is more susceptible to antibiotics, but the second, Gram negative, can develop resistance to antibiotics. Bugworks focuses on Gram negative bacteria.