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The University of North Carolina receives $ 13.6 million to use nanotechnology against cancer
UNC researchers have received a $ 13.6 million grant to work on the use of nanotechnology to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
The five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute is directed to the UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The work will be directed by Joel Tepper and Joseph DeSimone. DeSimone is known for his work in nanotechnology and has brought some of his previous research to market through the pharmaceutical company Liquidia Technologies, which is collaborating on the project.
"Our efforts in nanomedicine show great promise in improving the means of detecting and treating lung, brain and breast cancer," said DeSimone. “We have improved our ability to make nanoparticles with unprecedented control and precision; and continued work in this area will uncover better approaches for targeting cancer cells with powerful therapies while leaving healthy cells intact. "
In total, the funding will enable 52 faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and staff members.
Source: University of North Carolina