Life science specialists have long been shaping the outcome of important areas of medical science, like the ongoing treatment of illnesses such as cancer. Now, artificial intelligence (AI) is opening up completely new opportunities to the medical community. “Machine learning is already helping researchers draw essential conclusions from big data, making the hugely complex connections in the body much easier to understand," notes Dr. Moritz Kirschmann, Expert for Deep Learning and Robotics at CSEM. Take the following scenario, using machine learning it is now possible to analyze individual cells instead of a non-specific collection, as was previously the case. Leaps forward like this, “provide the research community with new ways to extract valuable information, undertake highly precise analyses, and determine prognoses – all of which wouldn’t be possible without AI.” According to Kirschmann, using technology in this way means in the future it will become easier, for example, to more accurately test the effect and tolerance of patients to new cancer treatments.
From October onwards, Kirschmann and his team will set out to determine if it is possible to advance AI and life science technologies to create these kinds of positive these outcomes, among other ideas, at the CSEM life sciences facility in the Allschwil Innovation Park. The move is part of the renewed four-year cooperation agreement between the canton of Basel-Landschaft and CSEM. Philippe Steiert, Director of CSEM’s Regional Centers, who played a key role in drafting the agreement believes that "the canton's decision to sign this agreement shows their firm commitment to promoting innovation in the region."