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5 key growth areas in nanomedicine

5 key growth areas in nanomedicine | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Traditionally, medicines are small molecules that target one or more biological pathways. Futuristic nanomedicines, however, are combinations of drugs and materials (natural or synthetic), at the size range of 100-1000 nm – a thousand of them lined up in a row are roughly the diameter of a human hair. These materials, usually synthetic or natural polymers and lipids, are often used to package hydrophobic drugs and make them more soluble. These tiny “packets” of drug-filled nanoparticles travel in the bloodstream and unload the drugs at sites of disease. Among the many inspiring innovations taking place in nanomedicine, here are five areas that we believe will experience significant growth in the years to come.


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Liangfang Zhang | Innovators Under 35 | MIT Technology Review

Liangfang Zhang | Innovators Under 35 | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A nanoengineering scheme to make drugs more effective by fooling the immune system.
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from the article: "Zhang derives red-blood-cell membranes from blood samples and uses them to coat polymer nanoparticles. Because these particles look like red blood cells on the surface, they can fool the immune system; loaded with drugs, they serve as robust and long-lived drug carriers. An unexpected bonus: they can also act like nanoscale sponges to suck up toxic proteins produced by infectious bacteria or introduced by snake or insect venom. If the particles flood the bloodstream, they will divert most of the toxin away from actual cells."

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