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NANOMEDICINE
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NANOMEDICINE
Nanotechnology has opened up the way to the engineering of new organized materials endowed with improved performances. In the past decade, engineered nanoparticles (NPs) have been progressively implemented by exploiting synthetic strategies that yield complex materials capable of performing functions with applications also in medicine. The Global Nanomedicine Market stood at US$78.54 billion in 2012. Recent trend market analysis has estimated that the nanomedicine market will reach US$177.60 Billion by 2019 propelled by technical advancement. The global nanomedicine market by applications is dominated by the oncology market with a market share of approximately 38.0% in 2012. Development of nanomedicine products enabling drugs crossing blood brain barrier and targeting the tumor in the brain and at other sites in the body will prove to be a significant future growth driver for this market.
Our research in nanomedicine has supported the development and patent of multifunctional and multimodal NPs. In particular, NPs are significantly impacting the diagnostic and therapeutic strategies since they allow the development of NP-based probes (Nanoshuttles) containing more than one modality-specific contrast agent and surface functionalized NPs for specific targeting. Therefore, the innovative NP-based systems/devices have found great application in the medical field and to the development of in vitro models of microvessels used as a powerful tool to characterize the nanocarrier-tissue interaction. Currently, research of the Nanomedicine Lab spans a wide array of applications in medicine, including heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, our progressive breakthroughs are also addressing significant innovations, regarding the exploitation of novel production approaches, through versatile and easily-scalable processes.
In our Nanomedicine Lab, we explore the rational design of multifunctional nanosystems, characterized by high analytical performances and stability, low toxicity and specificity towards a given cell/tissue target.