What Ever Happened to Critical Path - Pharmaceutical Executive

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What Ever Happened to Critical Path
FDA's ambitious program to improve drug development disappeared from view almost as soon as it was announced. Suddenly, it's back, but is it here to stay?


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If Critical Path succeeds, pharma gains something it has never had: predictability. "You can design an airplane on a computer and the airplane flies," says Woodcock. "You can design a skyscraper, a bridge, or whatever, and there are mechanistic predictive tools to evaluate materials and design. The pharmaceutical industry does not have ways of doing this. I would say [industry has] been in an existential despair because the science wasn't there. But it's over. We need to focus on applying the science for drug development in a way that's going to work."


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