Artificial Intelligence and Cancer Drug Development

Fan Yang, Jerry A. Darsey, Anindya Ghosh, Hong Yu Li, Mary Q. Yang, Shanzhi Wang

Research output: Contribution to journalShort surveypeer-review

8 Scopus citations


Background: The development of cancer drugs is among the most focused “bench to bedside activities” to improve human health. Because of the amount of data publicly available to cancer research, drug development for cancers has significantly benefited from big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI). In the meantime, challenges, like curating the data of low quality, remain to be resolved. Objectives: This review focused on the recent advancements and challenges of AI in developing cancer drugs. Methods: We discussed target validation, drug repositioning, de novo design, and compounds' synthetic strategies. Results and Conclusion: AI can be applied to all stages during drug development, and some excellent reviews detailing the applications of AI in specific stages are available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-8
Number of pages7
JournalRecent Patents on Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Artificial intelligence
  • deep learning
  • drug design
  • drug discovery
  • machine learning
  • target validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Cancer Research
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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