MIT Announces Progress with Nano Technology

by: cancercompass

MIT researchers announced this month they have made progress with a new drug delivery system that uses a nanofiber hydrogel scaffold, according to an MIT press release.

Researchers demonstrated they can effectively carry and control the release of different sized proteins within this gel, which could potentially carry and deliver insulin and the cancer drug Herceptin. They also found that depending on the density of the gel, they could control the rate of release of the drugs as well.

According to the researchers, this drug delivery system allows for a gradual release of the proteins over hours, days or months from the gel, and the gel itself eventually breaks down into harmless amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins.  Traditional drug delivery systems use synthetic polymer materials, which can contain chemicals or other toxic substances.