Wake Up and Smell the Polymer
Caffeine isn’t just a catalyst to get you moving in the morning – it can also help create polymers for drug delivery
Roisin McGuigan |
Biocompatible gels have a range of applications in the pharma industry, including drug delivery. Giovanni Traverso, assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a gastroenterologist in the division of gastroenterology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, along with his collaborators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is working to develop new polymer gels with improved safety profiles. The majority of gels are created using traditional metal catalysts, which can pose a toxicity risk if any of the catalyst remains in the gel after it is formed.
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