Reimagining Drug Design in the Era of AI

Daphne Koller, Insitro and Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

Daphne Koller, in conversation with MIT Technology Review's Gideon Lichfield, on the potential for machine learning to rein in the soaring cost of developing new medications.

Daphne Koller, Founder and CEO, Insitro

Daphne Koller brings to Insitro her many years of experience in machine learning, statistical modeling, computational biology, and computational medicine. She was the Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where she served on the faculty for 18 years, and she was one of the pioneers in applying machine learning to biomedical data sets. She is the author of over 200 refereed publications and the leading textbook on probabilistic graphical models.

Daphne cofounded Coursera in 2012; she served as the company’s co-CEO until 2014 and then as president until 2016. Coursera is the world’s largest online education platform, with over 30 million learners worldwide and over 150 university partners in six continents. She is currently the cochair of the Coursera board. Most recently, Daphne served as the chief computing officer at Calico Labs, an Alphabet (Google) company that is using advanced technology to understand aging and design interventions that help people lead longer, healthier lives.

Daphne was recognized as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2012 and Newsweek’s 10 most important people in 2010. She has been honored with multiple awards and fellowships, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 1999, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2004, and the ACM Prize in Computing in 2008. Daphne was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 and elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014 and of the International Society of Computational Biology in 2017.

Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.


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