Podcast: Duke, MDIC Discuss Virtual Patient Model
Efforts to improve device clinical trial designs include a project to create ‘virtual patient’ models that proponents say will lead to trials with fewer patients, supporting faster times to market. Medtech Insight spoke to the researchers who developed the model to understand how this could change the industry.
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