Nano-Ships for Drug Delivery

Maribel Rios PharmTech editorNanoparticles have fascinated scientists and technology followers for several years now, and the popularity of these particles is growing, especially in pharmaceutics. Nanoparticles have matured beyond being considered as simply smaller versions of traditional-sized particles, advancing to become sophisticated and intricately designed systems. Read more »

Quantum Dots Find a Spot in Drug Delivery

Maribel Rios PharmTech editorEver since I read about quantum dots (those nano-sized, fluorescent semiconductor balls that seem to be in many R&D labs), I wondered when the pharma industry would have its chance to put them to use. For the past 10-15 years, it seems like the scientific world marveled over their potential applications. So far, they have found use in cellular imaging, LEDs, and solar cells. Now, it looks like drug delivery may be the next frontier. Read more »

Nanotechnology and the Pace of Regulation

 Maribel rios Pharmtech editorDoes nanotechnology hold the future of drug delivery? From the number of early research studies connecting drug delivery methods with nano-scale science, it would be tough to argue that it doesn’t. FDA recognized this when it formed its Nanotechnology Task Force in 2006 and Nanotechnology Interest Group in 2007.  Although no new announcements have been released from the groups since last year, the research and development arena has been busy. Read more »

Delivery or Development?

Erik Greb PharmTech editorMy conversation with a contract developer on the show floor this morning confirmed what I’d been hearing: drug companies are searching for new routes of administation for their established drugs. Though there’s been an increase in candidates in Phase I and Phase II studies, fewer candidates are making it to Phase III and commercialization than in the past. Read more »

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