Dutch biotech startup bags €22M for proprietary generative AI model

Key Takeaways:

– OpenAI’s ChatGPT has gained significant attention in the tech industry
– Cradle, a biotech software startup, is using generative AI to help biologists engineer improved proteins
– Synthetic biology involves using engineering principles to design and build new biological systems
– Cradle’s AI platform can generate protein sequences with a higher probability of meeting researchers’ needs, reducing R&D time and costs
– The AI model has been trained on billions of protein sequences and data generated in Cradle’s own laboratory
– Cradle has partnered with industry leaders like Johnson & Johnson and secured $24 million in Series A funding
– The funding will be used to grow the team, expand laboratory and engineering facilities, and onboard more customers to meet increasing demand.

The Next Web:

It has been nearly a year since OpenAI unleashed ChatGPT on the world, and it seems as if no one (at least in tech) has stopped talking about generative AI since. Meanwhile, the applications of GenAI go way beyond chatbots and copyright-grey-area image ‘artistry’. 

For instance, Cradle, a biotech software startup out of Delft, Netherlands, is using it to help biologists engineer improved proteins, making it easier and quicker to bring synthetic bio-solutions for human and planetary health to market.

In synthetic biology, people use engineering principles to design and build new biological systems. Scientists can use parts of DNA or other biological elements to give existing organisms new abilities. 

This has tremendous potential for programming things like bacteria to produce medicine, non-animal whey proteins, detergents and plastics without petrochemicals, yeast to make biofuel, or for instance crops that can survive in tough environments… the list goes on. 

“At the core of all these products are proteins, which are little cellular machinery,” Stef van Grieken, co-founder and CEO of Cradle, told TNW a little while back. “If you want to change them to be better for the application you have in mind, you have to alter the DNA sequence. That’s a really complicated task because DNA is basically an alien programming language.”