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September 22, 2005

Replacing clinical trials with computers

New Scientist reports on work performed by Richard Ho at Johnson & Johnson to test experimental diabetes drugs inexpensively and quickly by using computers to simulate the effects of such drugs on virtual patients. According to the article, IBM Business Consulting Services considers biosimulation to be a key driver of innovation in the pharmaceutical industry over the next decade.

Although this work is not related directly to automated inventing, simulators more generally are playing a critical role in such inventing, and the ability of simulators to eliminate or reduce the need for physical construction and testing in various domains is likely to continue radically reducing the resources needed to develop new products and processes.

Posted by Robert at September 22, 2005 7:26 PM
category: Design & Engineering

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