In a bid to strengthen its investment in Russia’s pharmaceutical market, AstraZeneca plans to establish a bioinformatics-based Predictive Science Center in St. Petersburg over the coming year.

As part of an agreement with the St. Petersburg government, the center will hire 30 people through collaborations with local companies and organizations to develop bioinformatics, data analysis methods, software, and systems to better predict the safety and efficacy of potential new medicines.

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