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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.

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.

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.

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.

Encapsulated Alzheimer's, Parkinson's-treating growth factors implanted directly in the brain

Scientists in Spain have now developed small particles with the ability to encapsulate growth factors when implanted in the brain, which could ultimately reverse the effects of these diseases by spurring the growth of new, healthy neurons.

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.

Alnylam releases data on its Phase II study of TTR-mediated amyloidosis patients

At the American Neurological Association's 2014 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Alnylam released 6-month data on its Phase 2 open-label extension (OLE) study of patisiran (ALN-TTR02), a clinical-stage RNAi candidate for the treatment of TTR-mediated amyloidosis in patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy.

Stealthy, DNA-based 'nano-cocoons' deliver cancer-killing payloads

Researchers at NC State University and the University of North Carolina have developed a DNA-based delivery vehicle capable of acting as a Trojan horse in cancer cells. Using DNA as a cage instead of synthetic materials makes the vehicle less toxic to healthy cells and allows for the attachment of precise targeting mechanisms.

Stem cell-derived beta cells deliver insulin in response to blood sugar levels

The self-regulation of insulin delivery is a long-sought goal in the field, spurring the development of closed-loop systems and an artificial pancreas for diabetics. But some researchers are aiming smaller, looking at a way to create stem cells en masse that can produce insulin in response to blood sugar levels.

Robert Langer talks science, business and how they intersect

BOSTON--Master scientist and entrepreneur Robert Langer offered his thoughts on those topics and their relationship to drug delivery to FierceDrugDelivery in his MIT office and later to the field at large at the Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery conference in Boston.

Intersect ENT says latest data on dissolving implants for chronic sinusitis are encouraging

Now-public Intersect ENT touted three studies in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, saying the results of their clinical studies demonstrated the benefits of its Propel and investigational Resolve implants for use in patients following sinus surgery.

Drug delivery: Fertile ground for pharma-device company partnerships?

BOSTON--Whether through collaboration with academia or buyouts of smaller players, panelists at the Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery conference concurred that Big Pharma is increasingly looking externally for innovation and using its size and financial to power candidates through clinicial and onto the market.

Partnerships in Drug Delivery conference kicks off next week in Boston

The latest Partnership in Drug Delivery conference will kick off in Boston next week chaired by Roche Global Business Development Director Barbara Lueckel and with keynote speaker Robert Langer, MIT professor and biotech entrepreneur. FierceDrugDelivery will be on the scene and reporting next week with all the highlights.

With Roche's Herceptin, green tea component doubles drug accumulation in cancer cells

A team from the Singapore-based Agency for Science, Technology and Research has found that a component of green tea has the potential to act as a nano-sized drug delivery vehicle to encapsulate proteins used to fight cancer.

Flat nanosheets roll drugs up and release them on command

Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan have developed what they call a nanosheet that is capable of holding drugs and is also reproducible for a number of different treatments.

USPTO to review delivery patent in spat between Suboxone and BDSI's Bunavail

MonoSol Rx announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will decide by August 2015 whether BioDelivery Sciences International's BEMA drug delivery technology infringes on a patent protecting its Suboxone sublingual film.

Flowonix submits MRI-compatible implantable infusion pump for FDA approval

Pending FDA approval, the upgraded Prometra Implantable Pump System for targeted drug delivery of pain medication will feature MRI compatibility, Flowonix CEO Steve Adler told FierceDrugDelivery in an interview.

Alnylam says it wants to enter larger disease areas using partnership-driven approach

RNAi specialist Alnylam is focusing on rare diseases at the moment (with the exception of hepatitis B), but Chief Business Officer Laurence Reid told investors at the Leerink Rare Disease Roundtable conference that the company is also looking to enter bigger markets via partnerships.

Projection: Implantable drug delivery market to reach $21.1B by 2018

Transparency Market Research predicts that the worldwide implantable drug delivery market will reach $21.1 billion by 2018.

Needle-coated pill offers safe oral delivery of insulin, vaccines

A pill coated with tiny needles may help improve oral treatments, according to researchers. When swallowed, the pill delivers large molecules such as insulin into the lining of the stomach and does so more efficiently than an injection under the skin.