Friday, January 16, 2009

Biotic Man to Aid Drug Research

GE's technology development arm General Electric Global Research has announced its plans to develop a virtual human by signing an agreement with TMTI, Transformational Medical Technologies Initiative. Also supported by DTRA, Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the Department of Defense, the project includes a computer aided model to accelerate the development of new drugs against biological attacks.

The virtual human project dubbed as Biotic Man, is a Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) software tool, which will be used to better understand the effects of a new drug much earlier than clinical experiments. PBPK will digitally model bacteria, viruses and other infection agents.

John Graf, Principal Investigator on the project for GE Global Research has said,
GE's Biotic Man project is all about speed. The goal is to enable faster development of drugs to respond to new biological threats. This new software tool also could have broad impact across the pharmaceutical industry, helping to accelerate efforts to develop new drug remedies at substantially reduced costs. This new, enhanced software tool will enable researchers to test and develop new drug therapies in a virtual, safer environment with better quantitative information.
Does it not disturb you all progress and research is geared to war industry? Of course, you can replace war with defense if you feel it is more convenient but at the end of the day, they are one and the same.

2 comments:

Your PC Info said...

Biotic man?Like a bioroid?Thats news for me...and yea,unfortunately,the advancements in technology is mainly used in so called defense fields.

Archiver said...

Biotic Man is a well thought name. Not only it has an appeal to the public, it also accurately describes what the software does: imitate the human body or its reaction to infectious and other biological agents.

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