Crop Protection

FMC Corporation and Optibrium collaboration aims to accelerate the discovery of novel crop protection technologies by leveraging the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence

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15 May 2024, Philadelphia: FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC), a leading global agricultural sciences company, today announced a collaboration with Optibrium, a leading developer of software and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for small molecule discovery. The agreement is part of FMC’s strategic plan to accelerate the discovery and commercialization of FMC’s pipeline.

Expanding FMC’s Discovery process to include Optibrium’s innovative Augmented Chemistry® AI technologies will help bring new solutions to growers faster. Machine learning and AI methods will serve to identify promising compounds, optimize their properties and continue the company’s focus on sustainable products. 

“Our collaboration with Optibrium marks a pivotal moment in crop protection research,” said Dr. Seva Rostovtsev, FMC executive vice president and chief technology officer. “By integrating AI into our R&D efforts, we aim to revolutionize how we develop sustainable solutions for farmers and ultimately enhance global food security.”

FMC will utilize Optibrium’s Cerella and StarDrop technologies to further internal research and development. Cerella is an AI platform enhancing molecular discovery with deep learning, enabling more accurate predictions and better experimental prioritization to improve return on investment. StarDrop complements this further through small molecule design and optimization, integrating with Cerella to leverage AI for improved data analysis in discovery.

“We are delighted that our robust AI and software platforms are supporting FMC, a global leader in crop protection, to enhance their discovery,” said Matt Segall, chief executive officer of Optibrium. “FMC’s commitment to improving their processes with cutting-edge AI and machine learning approaches very much aligns with our own mission to revolutionise discovery with innovative scientific solutions, and we look forward to seeing the future impacts of this agreement.”

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