Starts & Stops: First-In-Human Trial Of RaniPill Drug-Delivery Device Begins
Starts & Stops compiles all the clinical trial announcements, initiations, completions and suspensions tracked by MedDeviceTracker. This edition covers Feb. 25 through March 3. Rani Therapeutics announced the first-in-human experience with its novel drug-delivery capsule Feb. 28.
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