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BioNTech completes $550 million acquisition of Tunisian AI startup InstaDeep to bolster AI-powered drug discovery

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BioNTech completes $550 million acquisition of Tunisian AI startup InstaDeep to bolster AI-powered drug discovery

BioNTech, the renowned German biotechnology company, has finalized the acquisition of Tunisia’s artificial intelligence (AI) startup, InstaDeep, in a deal worth $550 million.

This move positions BioNTech as a prominent player in the AI-powered drug discovery landscape, signaling a major leap forward in their mission to develop innovative treatments and therapies.

The acquisition represents a significant milestone for both companies, combining BioNTech’s expertise in mRNA technology and vaccine development with InstaDeep’s cutting-edge AI capabilities.

The union is expected to foster revolutionary advancements in drug discovery and accelerate the development of life-saving treatments for various diseases.

InstaDeep, headquartered in Tunis, Tunisia, is recognized as a pioneer in applying AI and machine learning algorithms to healthcare and life sciences.

The company’s AI-driven platforms have garnered international recognition for its ability to analyze vast amounts of data, identify patterns, and generate insights crucial for optimizing drug development processes.

With an increasing emphasis on personalized medicine and precision therapeutics, AI has emerged as a powerful tool to expedite drug discovery, enhance treatment efficacy, and minimize adverse effects.

The collaboration between the two firms aims to harness AI’s potential to identify new drug targets, predict drug interactions, and streamline clinical trial processes.

This integration is expected to accelerate drug development timelines, reduce costs, and improve the overall success rate of drug candidates.

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Nigeria-based merchant solution platform Traction raises $6 million seed to scale its operations

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Nigeria-based merchant solution platform Traction raises $6 million seed to scale its operations

Nigerian-based merchant solution platform Traction has secured a $6 million seed to scale its operations.

The funding was led by Multiply Partners and Ventures Platform with participation from P1 Ventures, amongst other investors.

Traction’s platform offers a comprehensive suite of payment solutions, catering to merchants of all sizes, from small businesses to large enterprises.

By leveraging advanced technology and robust security protocols, Traction has set new standards for seamless and secure payment transactions.

The Nigerian payment industry has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, driven by the increasing adoption of digital payments and e-commerce.

As the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria presents significant opportunities for fintech companies to tap into a market with over 200 million people, most of whom remain unbanked or underbanked.

With Traction’s innovative approach to merchant acquiring and the backing of major investors, the company is well-positioned to capture a significant share of this burgeoning market.

The funds raised in the seed round will primarily be directed towards expanding the platform’s merchant network, enhancing its technology infrastructure, and investing in talent acquisition to scale operations effectively.

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