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October 13th, 2007

Nanomedicine – copying Nature to solve problems

Some 3500 visitors attended the NanoEurope event in St.Gallen in mid-September to familiarize themselves with promising future applications of nanotechnology. Nanomedicine was one of the focal subjects discussed at the NanoEurope 2007.

If we intend to take advantage of nanomedicine, we must observe Nature to see how she organizes herself in superstructures at the molecular level. That was the message conveyed by David W. Grainger, who opened the series of papers on "Medical Devices" at the NanoEurope in St.Gallen. For Grainger, who is professor of Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah, this product development is based on the bottom-up principle rather than the top-down system applied up to now. He said it was as if we were to take car body components and shake them so cleverly that this would produce what we wanted - a car. And indeed, nanomedicine has evolved thanks to the insights gained in genomics and proteomics. The knowledge of how genes and proteins function in cells was a prerequisite for understanding the molecular causes of diseases.


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