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Biodesign by Paul Yock, Josh Makower, Stefanos Zenios

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2.5 Needs Filtering

Introduction
To aspiring biodesign innovators, the process of filtering needs can feel a lot like comparing apples and oranges when they like both kinds of fruit. One unmet need that applies to millions of patients might offer the opportunity to do little more than alleviate certain symptoms of their underlying condition. Another unmet need involving fundamental mechanics of curing a disease might require years of research to affect just a hundred-thousand sufferers. Yet another could address a vital need common to a vast population, but in a geographic market where patients have little or no ability to pay for the remedy. With all of these trade-offs and challenges swirling in their minds, innovators require an objective ...

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