Why the right medical device is so important within the drug development process?
In the long run, the development effort of a device is tiny. Especially when compared to the huge cost and time it takes for a large drug development. However, this still means that your chosen drug has to be administered with the right device in order to meet the requirements of holding and delivering the therapy.
Simply put, if a device doesn’t work properly or refuses to function technically when delivering a therapeutic agent, people can’t use it. As such, it is key to never underestimate the importance of the device within the drug administration process.
So what makes the ‘right’ device for drug delivery innovations?
It is important to remember that what makes the ‘right device’ for one company, may be completely different from what makes the ‘correct’ device for another.
For example, at one company, their team might focus on the commercial factor that gets them to market or clinic the quickest. For another, their priority could be focusing on a device which has superior technical performance, or one that offers the optimal user experience.
It’s important to look at each device individually. But in an ideal world, you’d want a perfect blend of all three: User, Technical and Commercial.
However, this can be difficult to achieve when you’ve got different people on the team with different objectives.
We’ll explore how you can streamline these views into the early stages of innovation further on in the blog.