The application of nanotechnology to the medical sector is known as Nanomedicine. Specifically, this area uses nanometre scale materials and nano-enabled techniques to diagnosis, monitor, treat and prevent diseases. The potential contribution of nanotechnology in the medical sector is extremely broad and includes: new diagnostic tools, imaging agents and methods, drug delivery systems and pharmaceuticals, therapies, implants, and tissue engineered constructs. In a few cases, e.g., drug delivery devices, nanotechnology is already being used in connection with improving patient care. However, in most of the areas below the applications are still some years from being actual products.

Three main research areas

  • Drug delivery and design
  • Diagnostics
  • Tissue engineering and biocompatible materials

See also other ongoing nanomedicine projects at iNANO.