In this article, you will find many examples where “in silico” methods and computing can change biology. In drug discovery, it’s really interesting to see that it allows us to make multiple virtual assays and only synthesize and test only promising compounds.
It’s a new era of modeling and simulation, which is accelerating discovery for drugs, vaccines, medical devices, materials, and many other products. For years, simulations have been used for physical systems, to cheaply and rapidly test hundreds of prototype designs. And now they are spreading. When it comes to biomedicine, simulations are often the only viable option to test thousands of drug formulations — both from ethical and practical standpoints.