Medidata launches A.I. company. Life sciences tech firm Medidata has launched a new A.I.-centric firm called Acorn AI, the company announced Friday. This is one of a wave of all-purpose artificial intelligence upstarts that wants to shepherd drug makers from “molecule to market” with a healthy boost from algorithmic helpers. Some big names will be heading up Acorn, including former Medidata, FDA, and IBM Watson Health executives.