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Emerging Nanotechnologies for Diagnostics, Drug Delivery and Medical Devices by Abhirup Mandal, Kishore Cholkar, Ashim K Mitra

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Chapter 15

Drug and Gene Delivery Materials and Devices

Ann-Marie Ako-Adounvo, Beatriz Marabesi, Rayssa Costa Lemos, Ayuk Patricia, and Pradeep K. Karla     Howard University, Washington, DC, United States

Abstract

The emergence of nanotechnology has revolutionized drug delivery research. Nanocarriers manufactured from diverse polymers exhibit unique properties that enable the delivery of complex therapeutic agents. Utilization of novel biocompatible polymers and devices requires a comprehensive understanding of both biochemical and physiological barriers and is primarily focused on improved therapeutic efficacy and reduced toxicity. The chapter focuses on the application of nanocarriers in the delivery of bioactive molecules with emphasis on gene ...

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