Drug delivered: Chemotherapy, diagnostic ability
Innovation: Smallest inorganic drug-delivery nanoparticle
Research organization: Cornell University
Just last month, Cornell professor Ulrich Wiesner, another big innovator in drug-delivering nanotech, made a discovery with his team that resulted in the smallest inorganic drug vehicles yet.
The researchers created a new incarnation of "Cornell dots," or C-dots, which were developed as a small--even by nano standards--diagnostic tool that can pass safely through a patient's urine rather than breaking down in the liver. Drilling a small hole in the C-dots allowed these tiny particles to hold drugs. By combining the diagnostic tool that targets cancer and fluorescently "lights" up tumors with this ability to carry the necessary chemotherapy drugs to the area, they've developed a delivery platform with multiple facets.
Also, Wiesner and his team expect the newest iteration of their nanotech to get to clinical trials relatively easily because it fits into work already done with the same materials.