Eli Lilly to Collaborate with Open AI to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is currently one of the greatest threats to public health globally. Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY)has announced that it will collaborate with the artificial intelligence research company, OpenAI, to use generative AI to invent novel antimicrobials to treat drug-resistant pathogens.

Diogo Rau, executive vice president and chief information and digital officer at Lilly, said in a statement, “Our collaboration with OpenAI represents a groundbreaking step forward in the fight against the growing but overlooked threat of antimicrobial resistance.

“Generative AI opens a new opportunity to accelerate the discovery of novel antimicrobials and the development of custom, purpose-built technologies in the battle against drug-resistant pathogens. This partnership underscores our commitment to addressing significant health challenges experienced by people around the world.”

Antimicrobial resistance affects countries in all regions and at all income levels. Overuse of antimicrobials in humans, animals and plants are the main drivers in the development of drug-resistant pathogens. Antibiotics are a type of antimicrobial, but not all antimicrobials are antibiotics. Antimicrobials act on bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.

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Eli Lilly to Collaborate with Open AI to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance

Catie Corcoran

Biotech Editor