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How AI gave Canada an early lead in finding new medicines—and how we could lose it

VANCOUVER & OTTAWA —  The sidewalks around AbCellera’s main Vancouver office were closed at times this summer due to nearby construction, making it difficult for its hundreds of employees to access the five-storey headquarters they have already outgrown. 

Soon, much of the company’s staff will move into new, custom-built space one street away, filling an additional 380,000 square feet across two buildings. The urgent expansion of AbCellera’s campus reflects the company’s emergence as a leader in finding new ways to fight disease via antibody therapies its scientists discover with the help of artificial intelligence.

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