FMC Corporation collaborates with Cyclica to improve research efficiency using artificial intelligence


FMC Corporation has entered into a collaboration with Cyclica Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in artificial intelligence (AI) and computational biophysics, to accelerate and improve the efficiency of discovering new crop protection chemistry.

This is among the first of several new technology collaborations and approaches that FMC is pursuing to expand its research of novel active ingredients that protect crops from diseases and destructive pests.

FMC will use Ligand Design and Ligand Express, Cyclica's proprietary AI platforms, to optimize the discovery of novel compounds. Powered by MatchMaker, a deep learning proteome screening technology, and POEM, a machine learning technology for predicting molecular properties, Ligand Design and Ligand Express will assess millions of chemical structures, providing FMC researchers with a greater volume of high-quality molecule predictions that are specific to the pesticidal target of interest.

A similar AI-augmented approach to discovery research has been used successfully for years in industries that require extensive data analysis, significant investments and lengthy development timelines, such as pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

FMC's R&D team of more than 800 scientists and associates are guiding one of the most robust discovery and development pipelines in the agricultural industry at 22 innovation centers and field stations around the world. The company's global R&D is headquartered at the FMC Stine Research Center in Newark, Delaware, and its biologicals research is conducted at the FMC European Innovation Center in Hørsholm, Denmark.

Terms of the collaboration with Cyclica were not disclosed.

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