Grand challenge: Applying regulatory science and big data to improve medical device innovation

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Understanding how proposed medical devices will interface with humans is a major challenge that impacts both the design of innovative new devices and approval and regulation of existing devices. Today, designing and manufacturing medical devices requires extensive and expensive product cycles. Bench tests and other preliminary analyses are used to understand the range of anatomical conditions, and animal and clinical trials are used to understand the impact of design decisions upon actual device success. Unfortunately, some scenarios are impossible to replicate on the bench, and competitive pressures often accelerate initiation of animal trials without sufficient understanding of parameter selections. We believe that these limitations can be overcome through advancements in data-driven and simulation-based medical device design and manufacturing, a research topic that draws upon and combines emerging work in the areas of Regulatory Science and Big Data. We propose a cross-disciplinary grand challenge to develop and holistically apply new thinking and techniques in these areas tomedical devices in order to improve and accelerate medical device innovation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)700-706
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013


  • Big data
  • Medical devices
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Regulatory science
  • Virtual reality
  • Visualization

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