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Langer team offers up a hydrogel drug delivery vehicle at MIT

Researchers in the lab of MIT's Robert Langer have created a hydrogel that's designed to be much better than current technologies in getting drugs into patients and straight to where they are targeted.

Nanotech particles can exterminate as well as tag cancer cells for surgeons

Researchers at Oregon State University have adapted a known molecule so that it sticks to cancer cells, opening up a new approach to better identifying tumors for surgical removal while providing a follow-up attack on any remaining malignant cells, helping to prevent the cancer from making a comeback.

NC State team creates 3-D printer for nanoparticles that offers low-cost production

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.

Startup gains FDA clearance for first tiny, injectable neuromodulation system for back pain

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.

Nanotech team mounts a search-and-destroy mission against cancer cells

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 shares dented after heralding cancer drug data from a mixed PhII

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 goes after nanotech-enabled disease detection

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.

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.

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.

Purdue team recreates tumor microenvironment to study cancer nanomed delivery

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.