Small is More: Nanomaterials for Drug Delivery and Theranostic Applications

2017-06-09 14:15:00 2017-06-09 15:00:00 Europe/Helsinki Small is More: Nanomaterials for Drug Delivery and Theranostic Applications COMP Seminar (Otakaari 1 U3). Speaker: Professor Hélder Santos (University of Helsinki, Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology). http://nbe.aalto.fi/en/midcom-permalink-1e73bc2b91b45ea3bc211e79407e348bac4e9fbe9fb Otakaari 1, 02150, Espoo

COMP Seminar (Otakaari 1 U3). Speaker: Professor Hélder Santos (University of Helsinki, Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology).

09.06.2017 / 14:15 - 15:00
Lecture hall U3 (U141), Otakaari 1, 02150, Espoo, FI

Novel biomedical engineering technologies have been underlined as very promising means for the advance in medical research [1–3]. Personalized medicine allows for the identification of the right therapy, helder_santos_0.jpgreaching the right therapeutic target in the body at the right time in an efficient manner, with reduced undesired collateral effects [4]. In this context, target nanomedicines are of great interest towards the development of personalized medicines and envisaged for their large-scale implementation. Recently, we have developed prominent biomaterials, such as porous silicon and polymer-based micro/nano-particles as potential platforms for cancer theranostics and other individualization of medical intervention [5–13]. All these biomaterials are promising advanced drug delivery technologies for biomedical applications. The results of the efficient surface biofunctionalization, targeting, imaging, encapsulation of drug molecules using advanced technologies, such the microfluidics technique, are presented and discu ssed in detail. Examples on how these materials can be used to enhance the bioavailability of drug/peptide molecules, demonstrating their cytocompatibility, in vivo biofate (imaging) and intracellular cancer targeting, are also presented. Overall, the recent cutting-edge advances on nanomaterials are anticipated to overcome some of the therapeutic window and clinical applicability of many drug/peptide molecules, and can also act as innovative theranostic platforms and tools for the clinic, because they offer a less invasive alternative compared to the conventional therapeutic strategies and, thereby, enhancing the expectancy and quality of life of the patients.

References

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  12. V. Balasubramanian, et al. Adv. Mater. 2017. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201605375.
  13. C.-F. Wang, Biomaterials 48 (2015) 108.

 

More information about Prof. Hélder A. Santos:

Drug Research Program, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, FI-00014 Finland

Helsinki Institute of Life Science

E-mail: helder.santos at helsinki.fi