I am considering a job as a Senior Product Manager with BenevolentAI - https://www.benevolent.com/
BenevolentAI work on drug discovery and development. They use AI and machine learning to identify targets and therapeutic interventions efficiently.
On the face of it (not least because of their name), it seems the company is closely aligned to combatting a number of global risks. In AI safety and alignment, they are spearheading some interesting work in the use of AI in pharmaceuticals. By developing capabilities here it seems there would be positive spillover for the AI community as a whole. In biosecurity they are working towards pandemic preparedness in speeding up target and therapy identification using AI. If successful, their models have potential to speed up the delivery time of an effective vaccine against any future pandemic.
Despite this seemingly positive area of work, I am conscious they are absent from any EA literature, and don't feature on the 80k jobs board, for example. They are ultimately still gunning to play in the 'big pharma' world, which clearly doesn't have the best reputation (no offence to the pioneering scientists who work within their machines).
Does anyone have any experience of the company directly, or have any impressions on it, or thought/reflections more generally? I am keen to tap into the community mind on this and gain any insight that's out there.
This is super helpful thank you - would be keen to speak to you some more about your time there, and your involvement with EA more generally/since. Would you be happy to have a chat?