Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery

Nanotechnology became the driving force behind various evolutionary and revolutionary changes in the scientific field.  Nanotechnology drug delivery enhanced the efficacy of available medicaments and enabled to create entirely new medical products. Nanotechnology has opened the door to new approaches to stimulate the reconstruction of complex tissue structures. Nanoparticles are used to deliver the drug to the specific diseased cell where particles attract to the diseased cell and provide treatment. By this unique technique, we can minimize the damage of healthy cells in the body.

Nanotechnology-dependent detectors e.g. nanowires, nanotubes, nanoparticles, cantilevers, and nano arrays consume low sample and enhance fast detection of disease. Target based Nano probes (e.g. magnetic nanoparticles, quantum dots, and carbon nanotubes) provide a faster, less invasive, and more accurate way for early diagnose of diseases. Reporting in vivo efficacy of therapeutics and helping surgeons to locate tumors are other opportunities of nanotechnology.

Some nanotechnology-based drugs that are commercially available are- Abraxane, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat breast cancer. Doxil was approved by the FDA for the treatment of ovarian cancer.

The global nanotechnology drug delivery market was valued at US$ 41,062.5 Mn in 2014 and is projected to reach US$ 118,527.2 Mn by 2023, expanding at a CAGR of 12.5% from 2015 to 2023.  

Key players having presence in the global nanotechnology drug delivery market are AbbVie, Inc., Amgen, Inc., Celgene Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Inc., and Novartis International AG, among others.