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Amazon Brings AI Expertise to Drug Industry in Novartis Pact

  • Cloud unit to focus on Novartis drug manufacturing and supply
  • Accord is aimed at forecasting production, finding bottlenecks
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Amazon.com Inc. is teaming up with one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies to make the manufacturing and delivery of new medicines more efficient.

Seattle-based Amazon’s cloud-computing unit will work with Novartis AG to help the Swiss drugmaker forecast and track production, detect potential bottlenecks and monitor its sprawling operations in real time, the companies said in a statement Wednesday. The partners didn’t disclose financial terms.