Engineering a more pandemic-resilient world
Sometime in 2019, a mutation in a respiratory virus allowed it to jump from an animal host and infect a human. The virus is surprisingly simple - just 29 proteins wrapped around a single RNA strand. The entire genome for the SARS-CoV-2 virus is just 30,000 letters long. In total, it contains just 7.5 kilobytes of data. That simple, unsophisticated virus prematurely ended millions of lives and continues to cause billions of dollars’ worth of economic damage that will haunt us many years into the future.
It’s only a matter of time before we are faced with another global pandemic. How can Simcenter help to fight the next one?
In silico clinical trials
The most important rule of medicine is “primum non nocere” or “first do no harm”. This is a very serious obligation not only for medical practitioners but also for those that develop pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The problem is that the engineering process is built entirely around learning from failure, pushing devices to their limits to discover how and why they break.
This puts a considerable constraint on innovation. In silico trials are free from such constraints for one good reason: you can’t hurt a Simcenter simulation.
Engineering enhanced humans
About 15% of people worldwide experience some physical disability. Many rely on sometimes crudely engineered prosthetics to go about their daily lives. Most users of these prosthetic devices will have a long list of anecdotes about the pain of adaption and the consequences of mechanical failure. It doesn’t have to be that way - engineering is close to delivering prosthetic limbs that perform better than those engineered by nature. How can the latest engineering innovation from Simcenter help?
Simulation for a fitter world
Everyone agrees that lifelong personal fitness is critical in promoting longevity and health (both mental and physical). However, athletes of all types are prone to injury, the risk of which increases as one gets older. In a world where 50% of children born can expect to live to 100, lifelong fitness is set to become increasingly challenging. How can Simcenter help us stay healthy and train like an elite athlete?
Personalized precision medicine
There are almost 8 billion humans on the planet. We come with two basic models, a male version, and a female version (although, as we are increasingly finding, things are quite a bit more complex than that). Up until recently, world medicine has exploited this by broadly developing generic cures that apply to all of us. But this uniformity is a myth; as much as we are all the same, we are different from everyone else - each with our physiological quirks. Simcenter is delivering truly personalized medicine through simulation. Simulating unique medical interventions with digital twins, to work directly with the patients’ morphology.