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  • Writer's pictureAmit Kukreja

Palantir's Game-Changing Role in Drug Discovery Unveiled by Novartis CEO: A Deep Dive

This article was edited by Andrew Salamon, head of content at Daily Palantir. You can follow him on twitter here

The AI Revolution in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Shyam Sankar, the CTO of Palantir, recently shared a clip that sheds a startling light on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically in drug discovery. As an investor, it gives a sense of validation when industry leaders vocalize what you've suspected all along.

The clip featured a CNBC interview with the CEO of Novartis, one of the four largest pharmaceutical companies globally, alongside Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. He was asked about the role AI plays in drug discovery, a process integral to any pharmaceutical company's success and profitability.

Fast-Tracking Drug Discovery with AI

Usually, discovering a new drug, getting it approved through various phases, and eventually selling it, can take up to a decade. Imagine the tremendous financial and societal impact if this timeline could be cut short to just two to three years. This is where Palantir, a big data analysis company, comes into the picture.

The realm of drug discovery is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. The potential for AI in this space is to accelerate the organization of enormous amounts of data to identify patterns and trends. Essentially, AI can streamline and expedify the drug discovery process, and Palantir appears poised to be a major player in this space.

Novartis' CEO revealed their strategic partnership with Palantir that began five years ago. The alliance was not just about Palantir providing them software but involved building an integrated suite of products to help Novartis streamline their data organization. This investment in data infrastructure was strategic, as it was clear to Novartis that understanding and organizing their data would be pivotal for their future competitiveness.

The result? An entire data lake managing enterprise data, integral for a pharmaceutical company in drug discovery. With the rise of AI and its broad implementation across all sectors, organized data is a key requirement to fully leverage the technology's potential. Palantir's AI platform requires an ontology, or a common foundation of truth, to function effectively. This ontology serves as the framework for implementing AI, and it's this understanding that gives Palantir its edge.

The Market's Reaction

The market's response to this revealing interview was not immediately clear. Palantir's stock price did experience some fluctuations, but attributing these changes directly to the clip would be speculative. However, considering the substantial implications of the Novartis CEO's statements, this clip is likely to draw significant attention, both from existing and potential investors.

Palantir's efforts and strategic investment in Novartis five years ago seem to have prepared them for a future they were only beginning to imagine. As we stand at the cusp of an AI revolution in the pharmaceutical industry, this partnership could significantly enhance the process of drug discovery, providing immense value to shareholders, the industry, and society at large.

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