WHAT ARE IN-SILICO CLINICAL TRIALS?
An In Silico Clinical Trial is the use of individualised computer simulation in the design, development and regulatory evaluation of a medicinal product, medical device, or medical intervention. Currently. Biomedical product development and assessment is almost completely founded on experimental testing throughout all phases of development chain, from in vitro bench testing, to pre-clinical animal models, to human clinical trials that demonstrate safety and efficacy of new medical devices. However, predictive computer simulation has the potential to transform the Biomedical Industry through the development and implentation of In Silico Clinical Trial platforms, which exploit exsiting computer simulation technologies that predict physical, checmical and biological performance of implantatble devices within individual patients. In Silico Clinical Trial platforms have the potential to reduce, refine, and partially replace animal testing and human clinical trials throughout all areas of the sector, significant reducing direct and indirect costs. At this stage, it is crucial that industrial, academic, clinical and regulatory stakeholders engage across Europe to address the technological challenges and advance in silico clinical trials for Biomedical products towards more widespread implementation.