Moderna Partners with AWS to Explore the Software of Life

ALEX KEOWN | January 16, 2020

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The software of life. That’s how Stephane Bancel, the chief executive officer of Moderna, described messenger RNA (mRNA), which is at the core of Moderna’s drug development process.Moderna is pioneering mRNA drugs that are believed to be able to direct the body to produce any protein of interest, including antibodies and other proteins that can create therapeutic activity. Bancel said mRNA is an information molecule. The company, which has secured enormous investments over the past few years, is inching closer to being a commercial company in developing personalized therapies for a wide range of diseases, including cancer. In order to create those personalized medicines, the Cambridge, Mass.-based company relies on gene sequencing and a partnership with one of the world’s largest companies Amazon.In an interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer during the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference this week, Bancel said the company relies on Amazon Web Services to “compare every letter of DNA in the sequencing process. Once that is done, the company can deduce what needs to be done to develop personalized medicine, Bancel explained.

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