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GSK exec stresses need to move away from 'fragmented' approach to drug delivery

Talking of breaking internal siloes has become a corporate-speak cliche. But in a speech that could be described as brutally honest, GlaxoSmithKlines' head of drug delivery nevertheless brought the importance of doing so to life during last week's Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery conference.

Sanofi leads $11M Series A round for needle-free delivery company

Portal Instruments, a new Boston-based company, secured $11 million for its computerized needle-free drug delivery system via a Series A funding round led by Sanofi, Boston-based VC PBJ Capital and a major medical device company. It became only the third company to receive funding under Sanofi's Sunrise Initiative for early stage companies.

Nanoparticle size: Smaller is better, up to a certain point

The optimal size of nanoparticles is 50 nanometers, smaller than the 100- to 200-nm ones deployed today, concludes a study by University of Illinois researchers.

Highland pulls in $25M for night-dosed morning ADHD treatment

Highland Therapeutics, a Toronto-based company with delayed-release technology for ADHD treatment, brought in $25 million to push its lead candidates through mid- and late-stage trials and prepare for commercialization.

Encapsulation of fecal matter achieved for treatment of infected colons

Fecal microbiota transplantation enables the reconstitution of gut bacteria, and has been proven effective to treat Clostridium difficile infections of the colon. But, as you can imagine, the nature of the active ingredient presents a tough drug delivery challenge. Luckily, the field is advancing.

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