Virtual reality technology is being used by many countries around the world to develop new drugs and find cures for some of the world’s deadliest diseases.
Chemists at C4X Discovery are using virtual reality technology from the popular game Fortnite to study and visualize the structure of complex active ingredients in drug preparation. The tool, called 4Sight, has been used to create a drug that is currently being developed to treat some symptoms of addiction.
As can be seen, for many doctors, scientists, and researchers, virtual reality is expected to bring benefits to the healthcare industry.
Traditionally, scientists have used physical models in drug development. But the 4Sight tool allows pharmacologists to understand the structure of virtual molecules more specifically and see how active ingredients move and respond to stimuli more intuitively and clearly.
Craig Fox, chief scientific officer at C4X Discovery, said that this technology can help reduce errors in drug preparation, minimize drug side effects, and allow scientists in different areas of the world. Different locations work on the model in the same virtual space.
Currently, virtual reality technology has shown potential in the fields of healthcare. Many countries are exploiting and using this technology as a tool in medical training.
The world’s largest businesses in healthcare are also realizing the potential of virtual reality tools. Novartis is using them in the formulation process, and Pfizer is already testing applications in clinical trials.
Johnson & Johnson owns a research institute dedicated to teaching VR to doctors and medical students. For the most part, these training models focus on orthopedic surgery. More than 80% of surgeons at the Institute who have used the technology say they wish these methods would be more common in practice.
“Virtual reality technology can be useful as a treatment for chronic pain and enhance the effectiveness of other treatments. For example, meditation helps relieve pain. Doctors believe that patients are more likely to be ability to meditate if they can do so in a virtual world that is quieter than a hospital room,” said Jim Mangione, chief technology officer at Pfizer.
However, it will take many more years to popularize this treatment tool to the market due to equipment limitations as well as extremely expensive implementation costs.For this reason, many people and even professionals find it difficult to think about this technology.
However, there are a number of VR applications that are affordable and likely to be adopted as some therapists have used holograms to better understand how nerves work in the body. people or allow stroke patients to resume activities.
Financially, though, experts say virtual reality technology can lead to huge long-term savings in both time and money. Most importantly, this virtual reality technology has been proven to enrich and improve the lives of patients worldwide.
Therefore, in the coming years, the trend of using VR in pharmaceutical and healthcare preparation will be used more and more to improve the accuracy & efficiency of current processes and enhance the ability to of people, both as caregivers and as patients.