Healx

Finalist category: AI For Good Award 2021

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AI for Good, Winner, 2021

Healx is one of the only companies in the world using AI and machine learning to discover and develop treatments for rare disease patients in need. The AI-powered drug discovery platform that they developed, Healnet, is the world’s most comprehensive AI platform for the prediction of rare disease treatments.

The HealX team has built extensive connections with rare disease patient groups around the world to embed their insights right from the start of a project and into the platform itself. Their innovative approach means they can accelerate the pace, increase the scale and improve the chance of success of rare disease treatment development.

There are 400 million people worldwide living with a rare disease. That’s roughly 1 in 17 people (or more than the entire population of the United States) and 50% of those rare conditions affect children. But despite this prevalence, only 5% of rare diseases have an approved treatment.

Since being founded in 2014 by Dr Tim Guilliams (a tech entrepreneur from Cambridge) and Dr David Brown (co-inventor of Viagra), Healx has added over a dozen projects to its pipeline, spanning rare neurodevelopmental, renal, respiratory, bone and neuromuscular disease areas – and they are hoping to launch their first clinical trial in summer 2021 for Fragile X syndrome – the leading inherited cause of autism and learning difficulties in the world.

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