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Targeting cancer with a triple threat

Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by targeting the drugs directly to the tumours. In recent years, scientists have developed nanoparticles that deliver one or two chemotherapy drugs, but it has been difficult to design particles that can carry any more than that in a precise ratio.

Targeting cancer with a triple threat

The new MIT nanoparticles consist of polymer chains (blue) and three different drug molecules — doxorubicin is red, the small green particles are camptothecin, and the larger green core contains cisplatin.
Image Credit: Image courtesy of Jeremiah Johnson.

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Responsible Innovation as a Business Driver - Workshop Report

Responsible Innovation as a Business Driver - Workshop Report

The European Commission has clearly indicated that its forthcoming new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2014-2020, worth some €80 billion and entitled “Horizon 2020” will have the key objectives of promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and making the EU competitive with other developed economies and emerging economies, and has the theme of responsible innovation as a cornerstone.

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The World Market for Nanocoatings

The World Market for Nanocoatings

The general coating industry has declined but specialized coating surface engineering sectors are witnessing strong growth driven by the needs of high-end industries, such as oil and gas and electronics. Nanocoatings are opening up new market opportunities in the global coatings arena. Properties such as anti-microbialism, thermal insulation, dirt and water repellency, hardness, corrosion resistance, flame retardancy, UV stability, anti-graffiti, self-cleaning, moisture absorbing, gloss retention and chemical and mechanical properties are improved significantly using nanostructured materials.

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Nanocellulose: A Technology and Market Study

Nanocellulose: A Technology and Market Study

Despite being the most available natural polymer on earth, it is only recently that cellulose has gained prominence as a nanostructured material, in the form of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and micro/nanofibrillar cellulose (MFC/NFC).

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Transparent Electronics Markets - 2012

Transparent Electronics Markets - 2012

In the past few years there has been much talk about “transparent electronics,” but few, if any, attempts to assess the potential size of this market or whether there are genuine opportunities to be found in it. This new report fills this gap and provides the first assessment of transparent electronics from a commercial – rather than technological – perspective. The report covers both opportunities at the applications and at the materials level.

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