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Nanotherapeutics

The field of nanotherapeutics is the application of nanotechnology to medicine and drug development.

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Meredith Hanel
Meredith Hanel edited on 20 Feb, 2019
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Nanocapsules are vesicles composed of a polymer membrane surrounding an inner core of a desired substance. Successful commercialization of nanocapsule products include Abraxane, Combidex and DuanoXome. Healthcare is the primary application but other applications include food and nutraceuticals, cosmetics and agricultural production. Therapeutic applications include oncology, pain management and endocrinology. Key players in the nanocapsule maret include BioDelivery Sciences, Camurus, CARLINA Technologies, Cerulean Pharma Inc., NanoNutra, NanoSphere Health Science, and L’Oreal.

Lipid nanocapsules (LNCs) are nanovectors that have biomimetic properties. They are produces using a phase inversion temperature process after the formation of an oil/water microemulsion. The three main components are an oily phase, aqueous phase and nonionic surfactant. LNCs have an oily liquid triglyceride core surrounded by a tensioactive cohesive interface. They have a hybrid structure between polymer nanocapsules and liposomes.

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