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Life sciences companies are likely to begin experimenting further with AI in their workflows in the coming years, but they face challenges in AI adoption due to strict regulations. Machine learning has a "black box" problem, meaning that it's in many cases impossible to know how a machine learning algorithm comes to its conclusions.
Generic pharmaceuticals require less research and development than their brand name counterparts. As a result, AI applications for research and development don’t seem to be the most prominent solutions for generic drug companies. That said, despite the lack of precedence, there may be many areas in which AI could help generic drug companies.
AI applications for automating processes in clinical trials are among the most prominent AI applications for the pharmaceutical industry. AI vendors are currently offering software that allows pharmaceutical companies to leverage their scientists' notes for data science projects regarding their future trials. Additionally, there are some applications which help companies segment their customers into easily navigable groups when finding patients for clinical trials.
The facilitation of research and development (R&D) is perhaps the most common use case for AI applications in the pharmaceutical industry. There are numerous solutions for extracting and organizing research data from clinical trial notes and other medical documents. Additionally, there is software that can purportedly analyze data from images of drug compounds at the molecular level.