Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Micelles altered for better drug delivery

Researchers and scientists at Singapore's A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and the IBM Almaden Research Center have made micelles a new, efficient way to deliver drugs into the human blood stream more targeted and effectivly.  According to Fierce Drug Delivery, They've crafted a polymer to self assemble within the micelles which also have capacities to hold high amounts of treatments as well stably reach their targets within the body.

A*STAR researcher Yiyan Yang recently stated, "There are micelles that can transport large amounts of drugs, but their synthesis is usually tedious, expensive and gives low yields. We have now developed an approach to produce biodegradable and biocompatible polycarbonate copolymers that form uniformly sized micelles in high yields from inexpensive starting materials. Furthermore, the synthesis can be scaled up for future clinical applications."

Nanotechnology is one of the newest and most exciting specialties in drug delivery. At the 16th Annual Drug Delivery Partnerships event, advances such as the A*STAR micells will be highlighted and explored in depth.

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