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November 24th, 2009

Polybatics closer to commercialising ‘magic bullet’

Abstract:
Polybatics, a biotech start-up, is edging closer to commercializing a process for delivering custom payloads into living cells, potentially giving medical specialists a nanotechnology weapon to target disease.

The Palmerston North-based company, perched in a business park alongside Massey University, designs and manufactures natural bionanoparticles. These 'biobeads,' as they are known, can carry a range of proteins including antibodies, enzymes and antigens into living tissue.

Massey University Professor of Microbiology Bernd Rehm developed the technology which uses a natural polymer granule produced by bacteria under stress. Polybatics was set up to commercialise the research, gaining a $1 million grant this year and with plans to seek a further tranche in 2010.

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