Healthcare IT News January 18, 2022
The firms’ early warning system aims to increase pandemic preparedness.
German biotech firm BioNTech and UK-based artificial intelligence (AI) specialists InstaDeep have partnered to develop an early warning system (EWS) for dangerous new COVID-19 variants.
The new computational method combines structural modelling of the viral Spike protein and AI algorithms to flag potential high-risk variants (HRVs) entered into SARS-CoV-2 sequence data repositories within less than a day.
It combines metrics, based on a variant’s fitness and immune escape properties, into a score indicating its risk of impacting global health.
During a trial period, the EWS identified more than 90% of variants designated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as potentially dangerous, on average two months in advance – including Alpha,...