UK AI companies Biorelate and Intellegens win share of £20m in Innovate UK grant competition to explore creation of advanced data curation tool

2019-02-18. Manchester, UK and Cambridge, UK. Two artificial intelligence (AI) companies, Biorelate Limited and Intellegens Limited, today announced their success in the third round of the Innovate UK open grant funding competition. Together, the two companies have secured over £300,000 from Innovate UK and will co-invest an additional £130,000 to deliver a partnership project entitled: “Chemeia: A synergistic AI integrated architecture for augmenting high-value dark-data”.

Project Chemeia (‘Chem-ee-a’) will test the potential for combining the capabilities of Biorelate’s deep text mining (Galactic AITM) technology with Intellegens’ sparse data solution, to produce up to date, comprehensive, and reliable data sets for high-value R&D work.

Biorelate and Intellegens are two high-technology companies specialising in the development and application of novel AI techniques that can solve common problems associated with optimising data curation for R&D.

Data curation is a critical component of scientific research and development (R&D) in many areas including biological research and advanced materials manufacturing – helping to ensure that results from in-house experiments and information from external sources can be integrated for further analysis.

Current AI methods for curating scientific experimental data can be slow and are prone to leaving gaps in the information they produce. Existing techniques are costly to deploy at scale. Estimates suggest that around 80% of published scientific literature is unused and the effort of data curation is an obstacle to research. This project will determine how modern AI approaches can make this better.

Biorelate CEO and founder Dr Daniel Jamieson said ‘Adequate data curation underpins so much of the future success of research and development in science and Biorelate is continually investing in innovative ways to improve this. What really excites me about this project is the prospect of bringing two completely different, game-changing technologies together to achieve something entirely novel. We can’t wait to start!’

Intellegens CEO and co-founder Ben Pellegrini said ‘We are excited to work with the team at Biorelate to bring together the best parts of our AlchemiteTM platform with Galactic AITM. Independently, our AI technologies are proven; together they have the potential to take the pain out of data curation. Biorelate curates databases from the analysis of published scientific literature – allowing researchers to extract structured biological knowledge for use in a variety of applications. We work with sparse data, using our deep learning algorithm to make accurate predictions in datasets that are as little as 0.05% complete. With the funding granted by Innovate UK we’ll be able to exploit the synergies between these two approaches and see if it is possible to create a powerful new approach that can transform data curation.”

Both CEOs agreed that ‘Funding from Innovate UK has made this project possible. This support will help us contribute to the UK’s position as a leading nation in this field.’

Biorelate, Manchester Science Park, Manchester, UK, M15 6JJ

Biorelate is developing Galactic AITM, an advanced text analytics & data mining cloud-based platform. Galactic reduces research risks, increases commercial awareness and helps solve biomedical research’s greatest challenges.

https://www.biorelate.com

Intellegens, Eagle Labs, 28 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, CB4 3AZ

Intellegens have developed Alchemite, which builds on existing numerical curated resources (sparse data) by using AI to predict ranked unknown data-points and uncertainties. No other solution on the market can replicate Alchemite’s low cost modelling, prediction, error detection & parameter optimisation for big, sparse, numerical data.

https://www.intellegens.co.uk

Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency

Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas. We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth. We fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into R&D. Our support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions. Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation.

https://www.innovateuk.ukri.org

Manoj Ranaweera

Manoj has founded, failed and successfully exited from a number of technology product companies as well as support organisations since 2004. Among them, Northern Tech Awards and edocr.com were acquired by GP Bullhound and Accusoft, Inc respectively. Today, Manoj is building a trusted support network for technology companies. He is working with founding teams to help them accelerate including raising investment and M&A.