New model of the GI tract could speed drug development

Studies of drug absorption in the small intestine could help researchers identify medicines that can be taken orally.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: research drug-delivery chemical-engineering mechanical-engineering koch-institute school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih drug-development

Monthly birth control pill could replace daily doses

Long-lasting capsule can remain in the stomach and release contraceptive drugs over several weeks.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 4, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: research drug-delivery chemical-engineering mechanical-engineering koch-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering health medicine developing-countries women drug-development

Nanoparticle orientation offers a way to enhance drug delivery

Coating particles with “right-handed” molecules could help them penetrate cancer cells more easily.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 5, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: research drug-delivery nanoscience-and-nanotechnology chemical-engineering koch-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih

New synthesis method yields degradable polymers

Materials could be useful for delivering drugs or imaging agents in the body; may offer alternative to some industrial plastics.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 28, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: chemistry research drug-delivery imaging polymers school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf

Cell stiffness may indicate whether tumors will invade

Study shows tumors with softer, larger cells at their periphery are more likely to spread; may suggest new route for cancer therapy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 21, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: biological-engineering biology cancer drug-delivery disease mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering medicine health-sciences-and-technology

New capsule can orally deliver drugs that usually have to be injected

Coated pill carries microneedles that deliver insulin and other drugs to the lining of the small intestine.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 7, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: research drug-delivery health medicine chemical-engineering mechanical-engineering koch-institute school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih

Robotic thread is designed to slip through the brain’s blood vessels

Magnetically controlled device could deliver clot-reducing therapies in response to stroke or other brain blockages.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 28, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: bioengineering-and-biotechnology brain-and-cognitive-sciences civil-and-environmental-engineering drug-delivery mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

Using CRISPR to program gels with new functions

Smart materials change properties in response to specific DNA sequences; could be used in a variety of devices.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 22, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: research dna crispr genetics diagnostic-devices drug-delivery biological-engineering institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering


“Nanoemulsion” gels offer new way to deliver drugs through the skin

Novel materials made with FDA-approved components could deliver large payloads of active ingredients.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 21, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: research chemical-engineering school-of-engineering chemistry drug-delivery pharmaceuticals medicine

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