A new technology known as “Pattern to Knowledge” (P2K) has been created by researchers at the University of Waterloo to predict the binding of biosequences in only seconds. The new development could radically speed up discovery of new drugs and reduce the need for expensive laboratory tests.

While a huge amount of biological sequencing data has already been collected, extracting useful information from it is a challenge. P2K will alter this by identifying multiple associations in order to identify and predict the amino acid bindings which govern protein interaction.

P2K is touted as being almost 30% more accurate in its predictions than existing biosequence analysis software, and could well predict how tumour protein and potential treatments for cancer would interact by drawing information from the cloud.

While the technology is still in the early prototype phase, the system is already available to researchers to let them start identifying new bio-sequence interactions.