Monday, August 11, 2014

Nanomedicine is an emerging field with many small and large companies investing in the research and development of this technology

By: Nancy Kross

Nanotechnology essentially means engineering down at the smallest level i.e. at the atomic level. Nanomedicine is an emerging space with many companies spending on research to explore this field in greater depth. Nanoparticles, which are of one to 100 nm, because of their characteristic of being very small are perfect for reaching cellular levels. Research in this field can open new avenues of treating diseases which were initially considered untreatable.

The uses of nanotechnology in medicine are drug delivery, diagnostics, regenerative medicine, in vivo imaging and anti-microbial techniques amongst many others. The applications of these uses are in the fields of oncology, neurology, cardiology among others.

There are both small and larger players investing in this field. However, majority of nanomedicines were produced by small pharmaceutical companies and were later acquired by established big players.

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