Because nanoparticles are so different in scale from other drugs on the market, drugmakers will need a way to make them in bulk and at a low cost, though still highly specific in form and function. To that end, researchers have developed a technique for making 3-D structures at the nanoscale, offering repeatable production that is also relatively inexpensive.
Physicians can add another tool to their arsenal that targets chronic back pain locally, without requiring surgery or an external device. The FDA has cleared Stimwave's Freedom Spinal Cord Stimulation System, which the company says is the smallest available neuromodulation device.
An investigative team at the University of Cincinnati which specializes in nanotechnology says they've tested a new approach to destroying cancer cells--injecting the specific target cells with iron oxide nanoparticles and then using light-induced heat to burn them up.
Bind Therapeutics believes its lead nanoparticle treatment can make a difference for a subgroup of lung cancer patients, pointing to some positive results from an otherwise mixed mid-stage trial as it prepares for further study.
Google has dedicated more than 100 employees from multiple disciplines to making its vision of nanotechnology-enabled detection of cancer and other diseases a reality. Any tangible product resulting from this ambitious effort is at least 5 to 7 years away.
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.
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.
A Purdue University team has created a new chip that promises to help test how cancer-killing nanoparticles react in a tumor environment. Because different nanoparticles perform vastly different functions in drug delivery, it's important to determine early on what kind of effect they will have on a tumor and what it would take to improve their outcome.
Researchers from the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience at the University of Nebraska have created a thin electronic skin made of nanoparticles and polymers that can be applied to the breast and used to find and image lumps.
Creating the materials used for some of the most intricate nanostructures in drug delivery sometimes requires going back to the basics. In the case of researchers at the University of Oregon and the Berkeley Lab, this meant looking at the interaction between oil and water, developing nanosheets that could be used to compile delivery vehicles down the road.