Finch Therapeutics unleashes the power of the gut

The company is developing treatments that restore gut bacteria in people struggling with a range of diseases.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
July 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health medicine bacteria startups microbes microbiology research drug-development school-of-engineering alumniae biological-engineering microboime

How cancer drugs find their targets

Certain cancer therapeutics concentrate within cells — a finding that could change the way scientists think about drug design.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
June 26, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: medicine cancer biology research drug-development school-of-science whitehead-institute koch-institute drug-delivery

Experimental peptide targets Covid-19

Computational modeling yields a protein fragment that could bind to coronavirus spike proteins and destroy them.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 pandemic research drug-development media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning biological-engineering

Study finds path for addressing Alzheimer’s blood-brain barrier impairment

MIT researchers pinpoint mechanism and demonstrate that drugs could help.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: stem-cells medicine neuroscience alzheimers tissue-engineering research drug-development school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

New technology enables fast protein synthesis

Automated tabletop machine could accelerate the development of novel drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry medicine research drug-development proteins school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

How often do vaccine trials hit paydirt?

Study: Vaccines find more success in development than any other kind of drug, but have been relatively neglected in recent decades.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: medicine public-health covid-19 industry pandemic policy health-care antibiotics vaccines research government drug-development innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie sloan-school-of-management business-and-management

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

Study analyzes contamination in drug manufacturing plants

Report offers guidelines to help prevent viruses from tainting biopharmaceutical drugs.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: bacteria manufacturing viruses research drug-development school-of-engineering center-for-biomedical-innovation

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