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Nanotechnology in Drug Development and Life Cycle Management

  • Shingai Majuru
  • Moses O. Oyewumi
Part of the Biotechnology: Pharmaceutical Aspects book series (PHARMASP, volume X)

Introduction

Nanotechnology deals with the design, production, characterization and application of sub-micron-sized particles. The popularity and effectiveness of small-sized particles can be extended to broad areas in pharmaceutical, medical, chemical and engineering applications mainly due to their unique properties. The recognition for nanotechnology is well expressed by a great funding of US$1.28 billion to the US National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) for the fiscal year 2007.1 Also, it is estimated that the drug market for nanotechnology could be worth as much as US$200 billion by 2015 (Breen, 2006). Examples of nanoparticulate drug carriers are liposomes, microemulsions, nanosuspensions and nanoparticles (Mumper, Cui & Oyewumi, 2003). These systems can be formulated into a variety of dosage forms including parenteral, tablets, hard gelatin capsules, soft gelatin capsules and oral liquid dosage forms. In many studies, nanoparticulate carriers have been demonstrated as...

Keywords

Drug Release Drug Product Emulsion Polymerization Nanoparticle Formulation Solid Lipid Nanoparticles 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shingai Majuru
    • 1
  • Moses O. Oyewumi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutics Research and DevelopmentEmisphere Technologies, IncTarrytownUSA

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