XtalPi and CK Life Sciences to collaborate in AI-empowered tumor vaccine research and development, opening a new paradigm for scientific innovation

AI-driven drug research and development (R&D) is breaking new ground, providing faster and more effective treatment options for more patients worldwide

SHENZHEN & HONG KONG, China, Nov. 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — XtalPi announced today that they are embarking on a strategic collaboration with CK Life Sciences, a member of the CK Hutchison Group. XtalPi and CK Life Sciences will leverage their respective expertise to jointly develop a novel AI tumor vaccine R&D platform to improve the discovery and design capabilities of tumor vaccines and accelerate the development of more vaccine types. The goal of this collaboration is to realize precision treatment for patients worldwide.

Dr. Shuhao Wen, Co-founder and Chairman of XtalPi

According to public information, there were nearly 20 million newly diagnosed cancer patients worldwide in 2021, of which about 4.5 million cases came from China. Many cancer types lead to detrimental outcomes, with high morbidity and mortality, and there remains a large unmet clinical need. Tumor vaccines targeting different tumor neoantigens, tumor-associated antigens (TAA) and tumor-specific antigens (TSA) in patients can be designed for use as immunotherapy, to activate the patient’s own specific immune responses.

Currently, there are only two therapeutic tumor vaccines— sipuleucel-T for melanoma and Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) for bladder cancer, as well as preventive tumor vaccines against human papillomavirus infection and hepatitis B infection approved by the US Food and Drug Administration ( FDA). Recently, several other tumor vaccines have entered clinical development and evidence of efficacy has begun to emerge.

According to Mordor Intelligence, the global cancer vaccine market size was US$6.79 billion in 2021 and will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 11.53% from 2022 to 2026. The expected market size by 2026 will be approximately US$12 billion.

Currently, the design and preclinical development process for tumor vaccines is complex and lengthy, hindering the efficiency and success rate of tumor vaccine research and development.

Incorporating XtalPi’s industry expertise in AI computation and robotic automation, this collaboration aims to build an AI tumor vaccine R&D platform that applies advanced AI algorithms and high-precision molecular modeling to predict and design a variety of tumor vaccines that can activate specific immune responses to kill tumors. The tumor vaccines will be screened and verified through automated experiments, and through integrating algorithmic feedback to optimize activity and efficacy, the platform is expected to generate preclinical tumor vaccine candidate compounds with robust immune activity.

Dr. Shuhao Wenco-founder and chairman of XtalPi, comments: “As a company headquartered in the Hetao Shenzhen-Hong Kong Science and Technology Innovation Cooperation Zone, XtalPi is committed to realizing the synergies between Shenzhen duck Hong Kong by creating a new paradigm for innovation in the Greater Bay Area. Empowered by the latest technological advances in automation, artificial intelligence is accelerating more innovative and diverse areas in drug research and development. Together with CK Life Sciences, we are committed to overcoming conventional limitations and discovering diverse applications for cutting-edge technologies. We believe the AI ​​cancer vaccine platform jointly developed by CK Life Sciences and XtalPi will inspire the global scientific community to progress vaccine research and development and fast-track key development milestones for cancer vaccines. We are confident that this collaboration will significantly facilitate the scientific research exchange in the Greater Bay Area.”

Dr. Melvin TohVice President and Chief Scientific Officer of CK Life Sciences, comments: “The R&D of tumor vaccines is one of the key development directions of CK Life Sciences. The cooperation with XtalPi will apply XtalPi’s AI algorithm, molecular modeling and automated experiments to speed up the R&D process, improve the success rate, and increase the efficacy of tumor vaccines.”

About XtalPi

Founded in 2014, XtalPi founders recognized a common hurdle in drug development having to do with solid polymorphism, which could be successfully tackled with quantum physics predictions. Since then, XtalPi has maintained its focus on identifying and then attacking traditional bottlenecks in biopharmaceutical R&D through innovative technologies. Through considerable capital investments in automation and personnel, XtalPi now has four locations worldwide and employs approximately 1000 employees. XtalPi has engaged in collaborative research with nearly all top-20 pharmaceutical companies in the world. Its ID4 platform combines physics-based simulations with experimental validation and refinement, automation for rapid synthesis, and machine learning to continuously improve prediction accuracy and process efficiency.

About CK Life Sciences

CK Life Sciences (stock code: 0775) is listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Bearing the mission of improving the quality of life, CK Life Sciences is engaged in the business of research and development, manufacturing, commercialization, marketing, sale of, and investment in, products and assets which fall into three core categories – nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and agriculture-related. CK Life Sciences is a member of the CK Hutchison Group.

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Dr.  Melvin Toh, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of CK Life Sciences

Dr. Melvin Toh, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of CK Life Sciences

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