Six years ago, scientists working for the Max Planck Institute designed microbots which were like a scallop in order to swim through patients’ bodily fluids.
Innovation of drugs
Nowadays, the progress made on new drugs is still too long and costly. Nevertheless, there are a lot of ways that can be adopted to improve drug development thanks to technologies like artificial intelligence and in silico. Such kinds of methods and approaches already are and are going to dominate the medical industry in the upcoming years.
Such companies as Turbine, Recursion Pharmaceuticals and Deep Genomics are currently taking advantage of artificial intelligence technology to make new drugs and unique therapies to keep up the speed of the market while saving expenses.
Another wonderful technology used in healthcare industry is in silico drug trials. They are personalized computer simulations that are utilized in the development of a medical product and device.
In spite of the fact that the current technology and biological understanding are not suitable for simulated clinical trials, there has been a big improvement on this field with organs on a chip being used now. HumMod, which is a mathematical model of human physiology, is being adopted in a lot of studies and researches. Moreover, virtual models have also been made by the Virtual Physiological Human Institute which are taken advantage to learn more about heart diseases and osteoporosis. In the future, you can think of being able to test tons of new drugs on tons of virtual patients within just a few minutes.
We are now at the nanomedicine age. It is supposed that both nanoparticles and nanodevices will soon be operated as drug delivery systems bringing about the accuracy, as well as cancer treatment tools and small operations.
Moreover, small but intelligent pills such as the PillCam have been already utilized for colon exams very effectively. Four years later, MIT researchers generated an electronic pill which can be wirelessly controlled or come out drugs depending on smart phone commands. As the technology is developing day by day, there will be a lot more to wait.