Following the lead of Google, Apple, and Facebook, tech giant IBM has also joined the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The company, now led by India's Arvind Krishna, has announced the plan to share its AI tools so that researchers can better understand the virus, and fast-track the development of vaccines and anti-viral therapies to treat the disease stemming from it.
Firstly, the company has released its AI deep search tool, which collates COVID-19-related data from a range of sources, including the White House, several research groups, and databases maintained by the DrugBank, Clinicaltrials.gov, and GenBank.
Qualified researchers working to combat the pandemic can use this machine learning-powered system to quickly access information on various aspects of the virus, like new risk factors, drugs tried.
IBM is also opening access to its Functional Genomics Platform, a cloud-based repository of genomes, genes, proteins, and functional domains from newly sequenced microorganisms, including the novel coronavirus.
According to Engadget, the data of the tool includes 3,000 new small molecules, which are seen as potential COVID-19 therapeutic candidates and can aid the development of antiviral drugs and therapies for the disease.
The medication data and peer-reviewed clinical content available on both these platforms open a way for clinicians and individuals to use "evidence-based drug and disease information to cope with infectious diseases, including COVID-19."
Beyond that, consumers can also access relevant maps/charts on COVID-19 through IBM's The Weather Channel App.