DTU Nanotech receives DKK 25m to establish a new centre  

2009.06.04
DTU Nanotech has received DKK 28m from the Villum Kann Rasmussen Foundation to establish a new centre whose activities will include development of microcapsules that contain drugs
DTU Nanotech, the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology at the Technical University of Denmark, has received DKK 28m (USD 5.3m) from the Villum Kann Rasmussen Foundation to establish a new centre whose activities will include development of microcapsules that contain drugs which can be delivered in areas of the body where they are needed, reports professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer).
 
Professor Anja Boisen of DTU Nanotech, who will head the centre, told Børsen that the research scientists are working on developing drug-containing 'boxes' of 100 micrometres in diameter, made from a special plastic polymer, which prevents the drug from being released in the stomach. When the box enters the intestine, it sticks to the surface of the intestinal tissue by means of lectins that work like a tiny plaster. The 'box' is slightly thinner on one side which enables the drug to diffuse into the blood.
 
"The technological challenge is to find the right plastic, so initially we will try types of plastic that are easier to work with, but the finished product must have a biodegradable polymer, so that patients don't have plastic going down their intestines," says Boisen.
 
The new centre will collaborate with other departments at the Technical University of Denmark and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.
 
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