I am going to be starting an ongoing series of articles on some of the near term nanotechnology. I am spinning it off in its own blog.
The Drug delivery is a multi-billion dollar business. Some calculate it as a 9.8 billion business. Led by the strong growth of biotechnology drugs requiring novel delivery technologies, the injectable/implantable drug delivery market reached revenues of $9.8 billion in 2006
Advance Nanotech Singapore Pte. Ltd. owns 75% of Nano Solutions Limited (Imperial College, London) which is developing Nanovindex. Nanovindex is a nanoparticle-hydrogel composites for drug delivery.
Nanotechnologies have already begun to change the scale and methods of drug delivery and hold huge potential for future developments in this area.
Nanotechnology can provide new formulations and routes for drug delivery that
broaden their therapeutic potential enormously by allowing the delivery of new
types of medicine to previously inaccessible sites in the body. Novel composites
incorporating nanoparticles are particularly exciting for these applications. A
key to gaining competitiveness within the market is to develop next generation
composites which are extremely sensitive to a variety of environmental stimuli.
NanoVindex aims to achieve this by utilising expertise in rational peptide
design to incorporate specific pH, enzymes and temperature triggers within the
composites enabling a new level of control over the release of encapsulated
NanoVindex is seeking to develop a platform technology of nanoparticle-hydrogel
composites for tailored drug delivery applications. The development shall
leverage the research of Imperial College London in rational design of
self-assembling peptide systems, control over the nanoscale organic/inorganic
interface, and physiologically responsive bio-nano materials. Revenues to drug
delivery companies were $1.3bn in 2002 and projected to increase to $6.7bn by
2012. With the focus evermore on emerging nanotechnologies and the improvements
these may offer over more conventional systems, the market for new
nanotechnologies in drug delivery is poised to be a multi-billion dollar arena.
These technologies have the potential to revolutionise the pharmaceutical
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