Why it matters:
Although computers have been used in the past to help in drug design, this vaccine technology was independently designed by an AI program called SAM (Search Algorithm for Ligands), created by the Flinders University team.
How it works:
The algorithm generates trillions of theoretical drugs before creating a shortlist that can then be tested in a laboratory.
Ask the expert:
Nikolai Petrovsky Professor at Flinder Univerisity
“This represents the start of a new era where artificial intelligence is going to play an increasingly dominant role in drug discovery and design.”