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.
Via Bonnie Hohhof