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insitro Expands Leadership Team with Appointment of Serafim Batzoglou as Chief Data Officer

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–insitro, a machine-learning driven drug discovery and development company, today announced the appointment of Serafim Batzoglou, Ph.D., as the company’s Chief Data Officer.

“insitro is leveraging predictive models to advance better therapies through a combination of cutting-edge machine learning, cohort-level human genetics and biological data generation at scale,” said Daphne Koller, founder and CEO of insitro.

His computational team developed deep learning methods for image processing across sequencing instruments, as well as for classification of patient genomic variants according to their molecular cellular effects and pathogenicity, facilitating diagnostic ability for genetic disease patients.

His research has spanned sequence assembly, genome alignment, identification of functional elements including gene coding regions, splice sites and transcription factor binding sites, folding of RNA structures, population genomics, cancer genomics, sequencing technologies and their use in personal genome and metagenome reconstruction, and single cell transcriptomics, among other topics.

“insitro is unique in its integration of cutting-edge machine learning with ground-breaking innovations in cell differentiation and gene editing to address the challenges of patient segmentation, target discovery, and drug discovery and development today,” said Dr. Batzoglou.

The company is applying state-of-the-art technologies from bioengineering to create massive data sets that enable the power of modern machine learning methods to be brought to bear on key bottlenecks in pharmaceutical R&D.

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