Alix Lacoste: Druggable Jeopardy!

Alix Lacoste crossed the ocean from France in search of new challenges, made her way to California, ran out of money and took up filmmaking in community college. Insert the windy road that led to Neurobiology degrees from Berkeley and Harvard.

Today she is a subject matter expert at IBM’s internal venture: Watson. You may remember IBM Watson from such disruptions as winning Jeopardy against humans in 2011. Now it is disrupting Drug Discovery as part of its effort in (human) health.

Alix discusses some examples of how it’s tackling that challenge, including partnering with pharma companies and institutes to find unique disease genes. You might say there’s a new paradigm in genetics: Watson and Click.


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