Recursion Enters into Agreements to Acquire Cyclica and Valence to Bolster Chemistry and Generative AI Capabilities

SALT LAKE CITY and TORONTO and MONTRÉAL, May 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Recursion (NASDAQ: RXRX), a leading clinical stage TechBio company decoding biology to industrialize drug discovery, today announced it has signed agreements to acquire two companies in the AI-enabled drug discovery space: Cyclica and Valence.

“Recursion has pioneered the massive, parallel generation of -omics data with machine learning in order to map and navigate biology to discover new medicines faster. The strategic acquisitions of Cyclica and Valence add industry-leading capabilities in digital chemistry, as well as machine-learning and artificial intelligence, which combined with our large-scale automated wet-laboratories and supercomputing capabilities, enables us to deploy what I believe is the most complete, technology-enabled drug discovery solution in the biopharma industry. We look forward to showing the world proof of the compounding benefit of this full-stack approach through the rapid acceleration of our pipeline and partnerships. Amidst a rapidly accelerating global race for technology talent, these acquisitions cement Recursion as the center of gravity for the best and brightest in ML and AI who want to reimagine how drugs are discovered,” said Chris Gibson, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CEO of Recursion. “I am so excited to welcome the Cyclica and Valence teams to Recursion, especially at such a dynamic moment in history when machine learning and artificial intelligence are creating so much rapid change across every industry.”

Cyclica, headquartered in Toronto, has built two highly differentiated products in the digital chemistry space which will be integrated into the RecursionOS. MatchMaker™ is an AI-enabled deep learning engine that predicts the polypharmacology of small molecules as the foundation for small molecule drug discovery. It is able to generalize across the proteome and uses both AlphaFold2 structures and homology models. POEM™ (Pareto Optimal Embedding Model) is a unique similarity-based property prediction model. In contrast to other AI prediction models, POEM uses multiple types of molecular fingerprints to describe molecules, providing a much richer measure of similarity that leads to greater accuracy.

“Cyclica and Recursion both believe in the value of industrializing drug discovery,” said Naheed Kurji, CEO and Co-Founder of Cyclica. “Combining our proteome-wide prediction of small molecule-target interactions into Recursion’s data universe will create one of the largest fit-for-purpose biological and chemical datasets in the drug discovery space. Together, I believe Recursion will have an immense impact on human health in the years to come.”

Valence, headquartered in Montréal at Mila, the world’s largest deep learning research institute, is committed to unlocking the full potential of deep learning in the drug discovery process. The company has pioneered the application of low-data learning in drug design, unlocking the ability to design differentiated small molecules with improved properties and function from datasets too small, sparse, or noisy for traditional deep learning methods. Valence has an unparalleled track record of innovation in molecular machine learning, including best-in-class methods for AI-enabled structural biology, generative chemistry, and multi-parametric optimization, ultimately enabling the design of best-in-class or first-in-class chemistry against challenging biology.

“The integration of Valence’s powerful AI-based chemistry engine into Recursion’s diverse and data-rich operating system will help unlock the true power of AI-first digital chemistry and drug discovery,” said Daniel Cohen, CEO and Co-founder at Valence Discovery. “Recursion is a leader in technology-enabled drug discovery with a proven track record of leveraging data to uncover novel biology, and I’m thrilled for our teams to join forces and combine our respective strengths to rapidly advance new medicines to patients who need them.”

Joining forces with Recursion’s Montréal deep learning research office, Valence will become an artificial intelligence and machine learning research center to be led by Daniel Cohen with continued advisory from Yoshua Bengio.

“The acquisition of Valence gives Recursion the opportunity to create a true center of excellence for some of the most compelling AI/ML research in the world,” said Yoshua Bengio, deep learning pioneer and scientific advisor to both Recursion and Valence. “With this newly integrated group housed in the Mila ecosystem, Recursion’s team of researchers in AI and ML for drug discovery reaches a critical mass at a crucial time in the development of new AI algorithms for scientific discovery.”

Terms of the Acquisitions

Recursion has entered into agreements to acquire Cyclica for a purchase price of $40 million and Valence for a purchase price of $47.5 million, in each case subject to customary closing and post-closing purchase price adjustments. The purchase price in the acquisitions will be payable in the form of shares of Recursion Class A common stock, shares of a subsidiary of Recursion exchangeable for shares of Recursion’s Class A common stock and the assumption of certain outstanding Valence and Cyclica options. In certain limited circumstances, Recursion may pay nominal cash consideration to Valence and Cyclica shareholders in lieu of such exchangeable shares or Recursion Class A common stock. Recursion expects no material change to its cash runway as a result of these acquisitions. Recursion expects both acquisitions to be completed in the second quarter of 2023, subject to applicable closing conditions.

About Recursion
Recursion is a clinical stage TechBio company leading the space by decoding biology to industrialize drug discovery. Enabling its mission is the Recursion OS, a platform built across diverse technologies that continuously expands one of the world’s largest proprietary biological and chemical datasets. Recursion leverages sophisticated machine-learning algorithms to distill from its dataset a collection of trillions of searchable relationships across biology and chemistry unconstrained by human bias. By commanding massive experimental scale — up to millions of wet lab experiments weekly — and massive computational scale — owning and operating one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, Recursion is uniting technology, biology and chemistry to advance the future of medicine.

Recursion is headquartered in Salt Lake City, where it is a founding member of BioHive, the Utah life sciences industry collective. Recursion also has offices in Toronto, Montréal and the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at, or connect on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Cyclica
As a neo-biotech, Cyclica is efficiently advancing an industry-leading, robust and sustainable drug discovery portfolio focused on CNS, oncology, and auto-immune diseases. Cyclica has built the only generalizable platform across the entire proteome, expanding the target space for low-data targets, including AlphaFold2 structures, PPIs, and mutant oncogenic targets. Cyclica has brought together a diverse and experienced team of biologists, chemists, computer scientists, and business professionals who are collectively passionate about changing the drug discovery paradigm. By exploring the unexplored, and drugging the undrugged, Cyclica strives to impact patient health like never before. For more information, please visit:

About Valence Discovery
Valence is harnessing a revolution in computation to improve human health. The company is a leader in developing and deploying AI and physics-based technologies to enable the design of differentiated small molecules with improved properties and function. Following successful partnerships with leading biotech and pharmaceutical companies, and an unparalleled track record of innovation featured in top AI journals and conferences, Valence has built a team of interdisciplinary industry veterans and computational experts focused on rapidly advancing a portfolio of internal drug discovery programs. Valence launched publicly in 2021, is supported by leading biotech and deeptech investors, and is headquartered in Montréal. To learn more, please visit

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Nigerian Navy to reduce high insurance premium on ships – CNS

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, says the Nigerian Navy (NN) has redoubled its effort to reduce high insurance premium for ships in Nigeria-controlled waters.

Awwal said this on Monday while he was inaugurating several projects that cut across the naval commands in Lagos State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the projects inaugurated included a girls hostel at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ojo, and blocks of 16 by two bedrooms for senior rates.

Others are 24 by one Under Training Rating’s Accommodation and renovated diving wing at the Under Water Warfare School (UWWS) among other projects.

The CNS recalled that sustained and aggressive patrols within the maritime domain significantly reduced piracy and other maritime crimes in 2022.

“This culminated in delisting Nigeria from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) list of piracy prone countries in March 2022.

“This further led to lifting of War Risk Premium tag on Nigeria that reduced high insurance premium for ships in Nigerian-controlled waters to about 960 dollars as against 5,000 per dollars shipment,” he said.

Awwal, however, said there were speculations that some Gulf of Guinea countries were again considered to be tagged with the War Risk Premium, due to recent developments within the region.

“It is on this development that efforts must be doubled round the clock, to maintain positive postures toward sustained intelligence driven patrols to rid our maritime space of insecurity,” he said.

The CNS reiterated that the Nigerian Navy, as the nations maritime sentinel, would not stop to ensure the domain is safer for sustainable development of the nation’s Blue Economy.

“Furthermore, the successful arraignment and conviction of Motor Tanker, HEROIC IDUN and her crew arrested last August, is an indication of the navy’s resolve to rid the nation of maritime crime.

“The crew was sentenced after a plea bargain to pay N5 million as penalty for the charge and 15 dollars million as restitution to the country.

“It is to be noted that the vessel and crew will not be released until the penalty and restitution are paid as well as public apologies made in the print and electronic media in Nigeria and Llyod’s list,” Awwal said.

He said that the projects inaugurated were initiated to consolidate on the comprehensive transformation plan, articulated to guide the Nigerian Navy towards effective discharge of its constitutional mandate.

“These infrastructural developments are in addition to already commissioned as well as ongoing projects like the reconstruction of the Base Flat Officers Accommodation in Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT.

“Also, a 250 metres runway at Naval Air Base, Ojo, with in-built lights and non-directional beacons, to aid training and operations in restricted visibility.

“The Nigerian Navy is cognisant of the significance of essential infrastructure and facilities within bases and barracks as they hasten necessary comfort and essential ambience to bolster security, productivity and efficiency,” Awwal said.

The CNS said that it was in this regard that the Naval Headquarters had continued to prioritise infrastructural development in the hierarchy of its preferences.

“Certainly, commissioning these structures will further ameliorate deficiencies experienced at the respective units and bases.

“I urge occupants of these structures and facilities to inculcate deliberate positive maintenance culture, so that these legacy projects will serve future generations of personnel.

“We must all be encouraged by this and many other achievements of the Nigerian Navy, regardless of unguarded comments and utterances from unpatriotic individuals,” he said.

Awwal added that preparations for the 2023 Presidential Fleet Review in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tremendous support for the Nigerian Navy towards actualisation of its mandate.

“All hands must be on deck to ensure a befitting Presidential Fleet reviewed as the administration draws the curtain,” the CNS said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Sirleaf, Clark urge leaders to protect world from pandemic threats

Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Rt Hon. Helen Clark have called on political leaders to commit to reforms in six essential areas in order to transform the international system for pandemic preparedness and response.

They made the call in a statement on end of COVID-19 as a public health emergency of international concern.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sirleaf is a former President of Liberia, and Clark, a former Prime Minister of New Zealand.

They were Co-Chairs of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response which reported to the World Health Assembly in May 2021 on lessons learnt from the international response to COVID-19.

In the statement, they said that the COVID-19 global emergency though declared over, and had been a global catastrophe.

According to them, the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic demands that global leaders commit to transformative reforms to protect the world from pandemic threats especially as the current system for pandemic preparedness and response remain fatally broken.

“ COVID-19 has led to the deaths of some twenty million people, causing long-lasting physical and mental health impacts.

“It also battered health workers and systems, slowed and reversed the gains made on the Sustainable Development Goals, has led to multiple trillions in economic losses, and weakened social cohesion in many countries.

“Recovery will take years, especially for lower-income countries, alongside now having permanent costs associated with managing a now endemic disease.

“Another such pandemic must not happen again.’’

Proffering solutions to fix the system, the duo made recommendations in a new report titled “A Road Map for a World Protected from Pandemic Threats”.

They said that their role as Co-Chairs of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, necessitated their evidence-based recommendations for transformative change.

“We continue to advocate for them because we believe the current rates and ambition of reform will not prevent another pandemic catastrophe.

“Leaders must seize the opportunity at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response on Sept. 20, 2023.

“The six areas requiring UNGA commitment are: Political leadership from Presidents and Prime Ministers, International rules for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response as well as Independent monitoring.

“ An equitable, operational ecosystem for pandemic countermeasures, Sufficient financing for preparedness and for crisis response; and an independent, authoritative WHO’’

Explaining further, “Pandemic threats are complex global crises with impacts extending well beyond the health sector.

“They are economic, social, and security matters.

“The gap in high-level coordinated leadership was one of the major failures that led to the catastrophic multi sectoral impacts of COVID-19.

“Therefore, former Independent Panel members and many others continue to call for an independent high-level global health threats council, comprised of Heads of States and Government, to ensure sustained multi-sectoral focus on pandemic preparedness and response.

“The cycle of panic and neglect must be broken for good.’’

According to them, the World Health Assembly processes toward negotiation of a pandemic accord and amended International Health Regulations should be fully supported.

This is to reach successful conclusion, with rules that serve to detect, report, investigate, and stop pandemic threats wherever they occur.

On independent monitoring, to promote accountability, a fully independent, multi-sectoral expert monitoring board should be established that would collect and analyse information from multiple sources, and regularly publish public reports.

On equitable, operational ecosystem for pandemic countermeasures, they suggested that it should be based on a global commons model, regional resilience, openness, and technology sharing.

“It must begin with regional research and development of diagnostics, vaccines, and therapies that can stop outbreaks when and where they occur’’.

They said that sufficient and additional financing for preparedness and for crisis response was required in comparison to the trillions in losses caused by COVID-19.

“For preparedness, US$10.5 billion is required annually for low- and middle-income countries.

“ So far only around 10% of that has been committed to The Pandemic Fund.

“For emergencies, US$50-$100 billion must be made available immediately when a threat emerges to protect low- and middle-income countries from catastrophic economic and fiscal crises, and ensure purchase of pandemic supplies.

“A mechanism to identify and trigger those funds must be urgently agreed.’’

The duo recommended an independent, authoritative WHO to tackle the next health threat with pandemic potential and Member States must support WHO to have the authority, independence, and funding required to play its essential role.

“To support countries to minimise the risks of health emergencies, and to minimise their consequences.’’

NAN also reports that the former Co-Chairs led The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response together with 11 distinguished panelists.

In May 2021 the Co-Chairs submitted their evidence-based landmark report entitled COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic to the World Health Assembly.

They made recommendations which, taken as a package, could transform the international system in a way that could make it the last pandemic of such devastation.

The Independent Panel was established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General in response to the World Health Assembly resolution 73.1 issued in May 2020.

The recommendations of The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response have helped to lay the groundwork for ongoing reforms to the international system.

Former Independent Panel Co-Chairs and members continue to advocate for implementation of the full package of recommendations due to concerns about the failure to implement recommendations of past high-level reviews of major outbreaks.

Their interest is to see a fit-for-purpose, transformed, and effective international system for pandemic preparedness and response.

The former Co-Chairs and members continue to do this work in their own time because of the serious implications of lack of transformative change being made.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

WASSCE : Imo constitutes monitoring C’ttee to checkmate malpractices

The Imo Government has set up a monitoring committee to checkmate malpractices, as the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) begins.

The Commissioner for Education, Imo, Prof. Johncliffe Nwadike, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Owerri, on Monday.

Nwadike, a former Head of Department of History and International Studies at the Imo State University, Owerri, said all possible loopholes for examination malpractices had been blocked.

He said the committee would rove from one part of the state to another to ensure strict compliance with set standards for the examination.

According to him, a special team had also been set up to monitor members of the committee and make it difficult for them to compromise standard.

“The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and I set up a special squad to monitor the committee and supervise the supervisors to ensure strict compliance with set standards.

“We interacted with the WAEC Coordinator in Imo, carried out sensitisation in schools, on the need for principals to nominate as supervisors those who can protect their integrity.

“We also organised a workshop for supervisors, where we told them that violations of guidelines for the exams would attract sanctions such as suspension, demotion or outright dismissal,” he said.

He also said that reagents and chemicals required for laboratory tests were ready, adding that candidates in the state would not lack any necessary items needed.

He, however, assured Imo people that the ministry was working in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education to ensure the release of all outstanding results for the 2022 WASSCE.

He urged candidates, schools and supervisors in Imo, to fully cooperate with the arrangements to ensure a smooth conduct of the examinations.

He expressed confidence that students in the state would excel in the examinations.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NDDC to establish MoU on corporate governance structure- Official

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it is in talk with global consultants to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on its corporate governance structure.

Its Executive Director, Projects, Mr Charles Ogunmola, said this in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the Oil Technology Conference (OTC), which ended on May 6 in Houston Texas, U.S.

‘‘We are currently in talks with PwC, KPMG and Deloitte for one of them to come in and establish our corporate governance structure.

“With this, we will be able to operate like any other world class organisation, where everything is run with probity and guided with the best in practice rules of governance.

“This should start the journey of our corporate governance renewal and that is ongoing at the moment. We hope to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) within the next 30 to 60 days.

Going forward, Ogunmola said that every project request must be business case based, adding that before now, the commission’s state offices used to be restricted to inspection.

He said NDDC officials would now be stationed at local government level, while equirements from the community must come from within.

According to him, everyone in the community must be involved, including youths, leaders and local pressure groups.

‘‘So, when the decision comes out, it will be a collective decision that no one in the community can deny.

“The local community must now come up with a need assessment which must be signed off by the community leaders.

“It is the people in the community that will execute such projects,’’ Ogunmola said.

Prior to now, he said only NDDC workers monitored projects, but going forward, the commission would involve independent organisations that would do such.

According to him, the firms are not just stationed in one location but move across states to monitor projects.

‘‘But an organisation would not just stay in one location. For instance, if an organisation monitors a project in Abia, today, the next project monitoring will be in Rivers or Akwa Ibom.

“So by that, it becomes difficult for the independent assessor to establish a relationship with any contractor.

“And that helps the commission to get an objective view and status about such a project from our internal workers who are very competent and external umpire,” Ogunmola explained

He said that the commission now has an advisory board for its budgeting process and must see that state governors, National Assembly, traditional rulers, youth and pressure groups sign off on a project before the implementation begins.

‘‘So, at the end of the day, when a project comes out, nobody can feign ignorance that they are not part of the process,” he added.

Ogunmola said every project must have an outcome framework where all boxes related to the project must be ticked by the contractor handling such project.

He explained that a situation where roads are built without drainages, sidewalks, culverts and streetlights would no longer be acceptable to the commission.

‘‘The era where a contractor just comes with a certificate of job completion to be signed off without meeting the requirements of project outcome will now be a thing of the past.

“The commission has developed a strategy to attract additional sources in line with the Act setting up the commission.

The executive director said the commission was exploring global funding and Private Public Partnership (PPP) arrangement in addition to its traditional sources.

Ogunmola identified the traditional funding to include; three per cent oil company budget, 15 per cent FAAC allocation and 50 per cent ecological fund.

To attract some of these funding options, he said the operations of the commission must be open and not opaque, hence the decision to hire one of the best international consulting firms to help it set up its corporate governance structure.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NYSC has been a unifier – Edo Coordinator

The Edo State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Foluke Oladeinde, on Monday said the scheme had fostered national unity and created balance across multi-ethnic groups in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the scheme which came into existence in 1973, allows university graduates one-year compulsory service to their fatherland upon graduation.

Speaking during a five-kilometre walk to commemorate the NYSC at 50 in Benin, Oladeinde said the scheme had provided manpower for both the public and private sectors, thereby contributing to the nation’s economy.

“We are celebrating NYSC at 50 today and showcasing the remarkable achievements the scheme has made since inception.

“The scheme has promoted national cohesion and impacted the corps members positively through its primary assignments and community development services.

“The journey so far has been good; this is our five decades of fostering national unity and cohesion.

“The scheme has really achieved its aims and objectives. It has brought about discipline among the youths and exposed them to other cultures and traditions as most of the corps members serving in Edo are from the North, South West, and South East.

“We have seen situations where corps members inter-marry because they have learnt to appreciate each other’s way of life,” Oladeinde said.

According to her, NYSC has become a household name in Nigeria and has over time become a critical stakeholder in the nation’s electoral system.

The coordinator advised corps members to remain focused and be security conscious.

Miss Suliat Afolabi, a corps member serving in Edo, said the scheme has helped her to explore other states.

“All my life, I have been in my state in the south west. NYSC brought me to Edo and it has helped me to understand life better.

“Education is not a scam; it has brought me here to learn other people’s cultures and traditions. I have made a lot of friends since I came to Edo,” she said.

The corps members, led by their state coordinator, embarked on a five-kilometre walk in Benin to commemorate the 50th anniversary day celebration.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

U17 AFCON: lions shamefully exit competition

The Under 17 Lions have lost their chance of advancing to the next stage of the 2023 African Cup of Nations currently taking place in Algeria.

They were beaten by Burkina Faso on May 7 by 2 goals to 1 in the day 2 fixture of the youth continental football championship.

With a draw the Lions still stood a chance of qualifying to the next round as one of the best thirds but ythis was unfortunately not the case.

The baby lions were leading at the 61 minute but their opponents over took them scoring 2 goals in 2 minutes thereby eliminating them from the competition.

In a group where they were considered as favorites following their smooth run during the preparatory matches they were unfortunately not able to live up to expectations.

It should be noted that the defending champions played 2 matches and lost all receiving 4 goals and scoring just 1.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Bamenda: Prominent journalist killed with microphone in his hand

The North West bureau chief of The Advocate newspaper, reporter for Dream Fm radio and has been killed in Bamenda by alleged separatist fighters.

Report says Anye Nde Nsoh was killed at about 9:00pm on Sunday May 7, 2023 while working in a drinking spot at Che Street during an attack.

Eyewitness report says he was shot with a microphone in his hand, as he was animating at the usual place where he works every weekend.

“He went out to buy batteries for the microphone and when coming in, a bullet caught him by the door. The shooting lasted for some seconds, but we thought that he was taking cover on the floor. It was only after we discovered and before taking him to the hospital he had died”

His remains have been deposited at the Bamenda regional hospital mortuary pending the burial program. Meanwhile, no group has claimed responsibility for the act. Government officials in the region are yet to comment.

Anye was lastly seen in public with his colleagues on Monday, May 1, 2023, during the International Labour Day in Bamenda. He later on left for Yaounde and returned on Friday to pick up a new job by Tuesday, May 9.

His colleagues in Bamenda have said they can not determine at the moment if Anye was targeted or was killed by a stray bullet. Though fingers are pointing at separatist fighters.

The Cameroon Journalists Trade Union, CJTU has condemned the act, calling for investigations and immediate sanctions on the perpetrators.

“The National Executive Bureau of the Cameroon Union of Journalists has learned with dismay of the tragic death of journalist Anye Nde Nsoh, a reporter for, The Advocate newspaper, Dream Fm, and others who was shot dead on Sunday, May 7, 2023, At about 9 pm at a leisure spot on Che Street Ntarinkon Bamenda”

He leaves behind his family, friends to mourn him.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Empretec trains 2,000 entrepreneurs in agricultural sector

The national training programme (Empretec) trained, in four years, 2,000 national entrepreneurs in the sectors of agriculture and technology aimed at keeping the foundation of the projects sustainable.

With funding from the European Union, the programme has the support of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), a body of the United Nations system.

In this training segment, the programme is training a new group of 25 entrepreneurs in matters of entrepreneurship, whose the seven-day training began Monday.

According to the national coordinator of “Train for Trade II”, Adelino Muxito, the training is being run by national trainers already certified by UNCTAD, with the support of the European Union.

The training is expected to contribute to boosting the national economy, as part of the current economic diversification programme.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)