Vital Signs - Drug Development Focus on Genetically Modified Swine

Modified Swine Hold out Promise of Improving Pre-Clinical Efficacy, Lowering Multi-billion Dollar Drug and Device Development Costs
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Published: 18 Mar 2016

The US pharmaceutical industry spends approximately $100 billion annually to develop new pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. Today, a new drug takes approximately 15 years and over $1 billion to bring to market. Product development costs could be greatly reduced by using animal models that more closely resemble humans in their disease states and their physiological responses to treatment. Swine have been increasingly used as the animal model of choice because their anatomy, genetics, and physiology are more similar to humans than traditional animal models such as mice.

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