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Insilico Medicine opens big AI-powered biotech lab in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, February 3, 2023

Insilico Medicine, a clinical-stage artificial intelligence (AI)-driven drug discovery company, has announced the opening of its generative AI and quantum computing research and development centre in Abu Dhabi, 
Located in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) headquarters in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban development, it will be the region’s largest AI-powered biotechnology research centre.
The new facility will boast of global talent in artificial intelligence and software development dedicated to expanding the capabilities of Insilico’s end-to-end AI-driven drug discovery platform, Pharma.AI, exploring aging research and sustainable chemistry, and supporting the digital transformation of healthcare in the region.
The grand opening was attended by nearly 100 ecosystem partners from the government, academia, the investment community, and the AI and biotech industry. 
The event featured speeches from Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, Founder and CEO of Insilico, and Alex Aliper, PhD, President of Insilico.
"The prime location, strong and stable economy, developed infrastructure, and highly educated talent make Abu Dhabi an emerging hub that attracts high-tech companies from around the world. We are excited to be a part of this," said Aliper, who will also serve as the regional hub’s general manager. 
"We plan to hire locally and work closely with biotech companies and academic partners to license Insilico’s proprietary software and collaborate on joint research projects to facilitate the digital transformation of the local healthcare industry," he added.
Masdar City Acting CEO Ahmed Baghoum said: "This is exactly the kind of groundbreaking work in artificial intelligence that we aim to support in our free zone and innovation ecosystem."
"We’re excited about this milestone for Insilico Medicine - particularly given it is taking place during the Year of Sustainability. We look forward to the transformational research that will come out of this incredible new hub. We thank the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) for attracting these organisations to Masdar City," he stated.
Insilico has made steady inroads into the Middle East. The company had recently announced that it will receive support from the ADIO to establish its regional HQ in Abu Dhabi focused on R&D for its AI platform.
ADIO Acting Director-General Abdulla Abdul Aziz AlShamsi said: "Abu Dhabi has prioritised advancing technological solutions that further economic progress for the region and beyond. Insilico Medicine is a stellar example of the success of that strategy, and proof of the limitless opportunities available for health tech companies in Abu Dhabi."
In August 2022, the company announced a Series D2 investment led by Prosperity7 Ventures, the diversified growth fund of Aramco Ventures, expanding its AI biotechnology expertise into Saudi Arabia. 
The company also signed a MoU with the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia, which includes providing Insilico’s end-to-end AI drug discovery platform to local biotech companies, partnering with local biotechs on robotic drug discovery, contributing to local clinical trial expertise, and further developing projects extending healthy and productive longevity.
On the latest venture, Zhavoronkov said: "Since our very inception, our mission has been to extend healthy, productive longevity for everyone on the planet. Over the past decade, we developed a platform for drug discovery and longevity and became one of the dominant companies in this field."
"Now, we would like to extend our global infrastructure to the Middle East," stated the group founder. 
"We look forward to expanding our presence and connections in the region by creating a true AI drug discovery hub in Abu Dhabi," he added.-TradeArabia News Service


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