Recursion combines artificial intelligence with automation to conduct experimental biology
Recursion aims to change the pace and economics of drug discovery through machine learning and automation. Its primary skill is bringing together data scientists, biologists, and engineers in a rare example of effective collaboration. Its proprietary software underpins an entirely automated approach to running and analysing biological experiments, enabling it to conduct and learn from experimental biology at an unprecedented scale. Put simply, Recursion is automating the age-old practice of looking into a microscope and is replacing human interpretation with AI. This is exciting because it provides the opportunity to profitably pursue more minor diseases that may not have been commercially viable using traditional drug development processes.
If the exponential trend in production that Tesla has enjoyed continues, over the coming decade, they could produce upwards of 10 million cars and trucks a year and command a vast share of the global market. Add to that the integration of their manufacturing expertise into energy storage, plus revenues from autonomous driving software licences, and it’s plain to see the long runway of potential upside for the company.
Chris Gibson is the company’s Co-Founder and CEO. The culture he envisioned needed to feel different to enable people to let loose and be themselves. He believes that only then can they be creative and voice the wacky idea that could lead to something great. This culture does not strike us as merely a perk but rather a sign of an intentional and thought-through effort to create cohesion and a shared sense of direction.
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