Over the past few decades, advancements in computing power, machine learning and data processing have changed the world; now they represent one of the biggest promises for the future of medicine… Among its numerous medical applications, computer technology allows for building complex computational models – of a protein or an organ, for instance – to run simulations and test the possible outcomes of a new therapy or drug. Coupled with our knowledge of the human genome, these predictive tools constitute the basis of personalized medicine, an approach tailoring treatments to each individual patient.
Riccardo Sabatini, scientist and entrepreneur, is one of the founders of Orionis Biosciences, a U.S. biotechnology firm working on genome-based drug design. A renowned international speaker (his TED2016 talk received over 1.7 million views), Sabatini is specialized in numerical modeling of complex systems, which over the years has led him to work – along with scientists of the caliber of Craig Venter – in market forecasting, artificial intelligence and computational genomics. Sabatini was also one of the young innovators in health invited by Barack Obama to speak at The White House Frontiers Conference 2016.