Nanoparticles: Innovations and Trends

Nanoparticles are generally less than 100 nm in dimension and consist of different biodegradable materials such as natural or synthetic polymers, lipids, or metals. Nanoparticles are taken up by cells more efficiently than larger micromolecules. Nanoparticles have high surface area to volume ratio thus allowing many functional groups for attachement. Additionally, the small size of nanoparticles allows them to accumulate at tumor sites.      

Nano particles can (1) enhance the therapeutic efficacy and minimize adverse reactions associated with available drugs; (2) enable new classes of therapeutics; and (3) encourage the re-investigation of pharmaceutically suboptimal but biologically active new molecular entities that were previously considered undevelopable.

Nanoparticles are used in targeted drug delivery to improve the uptake of poorly soluble drugs. Nano particles with different compositions and biological properties have been extensively investigated for drug and gene delivery application.

According to BCC Research the global market for nanoparticles in the life science forecast to grow to more than $79.8 billion by 2019, to register a healthy compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22%. 

The global nanotechnology market in environmental applications reached $23.4 billion in 2014. This market is expected to reach about $41.8 billion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.2% from 2015 to 2020.

The global market for nanotechnology products was valued at $22.9 billion in 2013 and increased to about $26 billion in 2014. This market is expected to reach about $64.2 billion by 2019, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.8% from 2014 to 2019.