This week, Tocagen began enrolling patients in a Phase I trial in which its Toca 511 cancer drug is delivered using a visually guided device called ClearPoint, the first such device of its kind, that allows for a more concentrated delivery, increasing the drug's effectiveness as much as threefold.
When it comes to drug delivery, it's hard these days to overlook the buzzing field of nanoengineering. Highly targeted nanoparticles are on the cutting edge of the growing field, and according to BIND Biosciences' Jeff Hrkach, there are big things in store for the tiny drug carriers.
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As people live longer, and as global demographics shift toward an older population, age-related eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration are increasing. The blood-eye barrier is very effective--this is useful in health, protecting such a sensitive organ, but an obstacle in disease as it makes it very hard to get drugs inside the eye. Because of these two factors, it is hardly surprising that companies such as pSivida ($PSDV) are focusing on ocular delivery.
With hundreds of millions of diabetes patients around the globe, the market for insulin delivery is vast and, according to the National Institutes of Health and others, ever-expanding. Couple that with healthcare reforms in the developing world that are bringing treatment to underserved populations, and it's no surprise that biotechs and drug delivery firms are turning their eyes to insulin as a possible cash cow.
You've heard about China and India becoming increasingly significant locales in the Asia-Pacific region for conducting biotechnology research and drug development. Australia, not so much.
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This year we're naming Fierce's 5 Drug Delivery Companies to Watch. All are making their mark by bringing drug delivery technology into everyday medical device and pharmaceutical use.
After years of writing about companies with technology that stemmed from the mind of legendary MIT professor Robert Langer, I finally got to chat with him on the phone.