Introduction to Nanomedicine and Cancer Therapy

  • Ravichandran Manisekaran
Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)


Nanomedicine, the application of different nanostructures in the field of medicine which is aiming to revolutionize the health of humankind by a new developmental sector of nanopharmaceuticals [1]. The rapid evolution of nanomedicines has the huge probability to give many benefits when correlated to conventional medicines [2]. The major advantage of nanomedicine is to create a multifunctional platform using one nanostructure. Therefore, the various properties of nanostructures/NPs are exploited as tools in all aspect of medicine starting from diagnosis to treatment even at a molecular or cellular level for very rare and irremediable diseases [3]. Some of the applications of nanomedicine are as follows: drug delivery, therapies, in vivo imaging, in vitro diagnostics, biomaterials, active implants, bone substitute materials, dental restoratives, and antibiotic materials [4–6]. In the last two decades, significant progress has been made in the field of nanomedicine and nanobiotechnology, resulting in an enormous number of products. So, by the end of 2020, one-third of research patents and many start-up companies in the nanomedicine sector will engage in the biomedical applications [7]. To be specific, as of 2013, 1265 molecules are registered for clinical trials in which 789 were for nanomedicine applications or products [8]. Figure 1.1 represents the list of some of the important nanomedicine-related search terms in [9]. Therefore this proves the field of nanomedicine is booming at a faster rate. The global nanomedicine market was $1 trillion by 2015 but expected to be 100-fold in just 7 years [10].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ravichandran Manisekaran
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic InstituteMexico CityMexico

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