What is

Revolutionizing Medicine
Following biologics, nanomedicines represent the next era in drug innovation. Current research has demonstrated improved performance, reduced side effects, and revolutionary new treatment strategies like personalized medicine.

Several nanomedicines are available on the market such as Doxil, Visudyne, and Vyxeos. The most clinically advanced RNA medicine—Patisiran—is enabled by lipid nanoparticle (LNP) technology.

What is Nanomedicine Size Chart

Commonly, nanomedicines consist of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) such as small molecules or biologics packaged into nano-sized carriers made of excipients like lipids and polymers. Nanoparticles tend to be smaller than cells but larger than most biomolecules, so the nanomedicine can interact with the body differently than the API alone. The properties of nanomedicines can be designed to control when and where in the body the API is available.

What is Nanomedicine Active Ingredients

Applications of Nanomedicine
By packaging a variety of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) into nanoparticles, drug innovators aim to:

Protect API
Protect the API
Control API
Control API Release
Alter API
Alter Biodistribution
Target Drug Delivery
Target drug delivery
to the site of disease
Soluble APIs
Enhance solubility
and bioavailability

Nanomedicines are at the Heart of Next-Generation Medicines
Nanomedicines currently being developed, allow treatment of otherwise "undruggable" targets to address unmet medical needs through revolutionary new strategies:

Nanomedicine: Future of Medicine

The Challenge

Using traditional methodologies, drug researchers face significant challenges in producing nanomedicines for R&D, clinical testing, and commercial manufacture.


Lipid Nanoparticle v Small Molecule


Nanoparticles consist of millions of molecules that need to come together and work in concert, and traditional production methods adapted from processes developed over decades for small molecule drugs do not adequately address the unique needs of nanomedicine production.

Traditional Methods:

Lack Consistency Nanomedicine: Quality Comparison

Are laborious/slow/low throughput Doxil process:
10 Steps
17 Process vessels
5 Days

Are difficult to scale Nanomedicine: Difficult to Scale

Require expertise/skill Nanomedicine: Requires Skill

Advanced Solutions for Advanced Medicines
Precision NanoSystems is enabling drug innovators to overcome unique challenges in creating transformative medicine by making purpose-designed manufacturing technology and unique nanomedicine expertise available to support all stages of nanomedicine development.
Liposome, LNP, Polymer NP, Emulsion

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May 18, 2019

Annals of Hematology

Lipid nanoparticle-mediated siRNA delivery for safe targeting of human CML in vivo

N. Jyotsana, A. Sharma, A. Chaturvedi, et al.

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May 17, 2019

Science Immunology

A lipid-encapsulated mRNA encoding a potently neutralizing human monoclonal antibody protects against chikungunya infection

N. Kose, J.M. Fox, G. Sapparapu, et al.

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April 04, 2019

The Journal of Neuroscience

PTCD1 is required for mitochondrial oxidative-phosphorylation: possible genetic association with Alzheimer's disease

D. Fleck, L. Phu, E. Verschueren, T. Hinkle, M. Reichelt, T. Bhangale, B. Haley, Y. Wang, R. Graham, D.S. Kirkpatrick, M...

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February 07, 2019

Nano Research

Chemotherapy drugs derived nanoparticles encapsulating mRNA encoding tumor suppressor proteins to treat triple-negative breast can...

C. Zhang, X. Zhang, W. Zhao, C. Zeng, W. Li, B. Li, X. Luo, J. Li, J. Jiang, B. Deng, D.W. McComb, Y. Dong

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Application Note

January 16, 2019

mRNA Lipid Nanoparticles: Robust low-volume production for screening high-value nanoparticle materials

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September 24, 2018

Nucleic Acid Therapeutics

MicroRNAs Enable mRNA Therapeutics to Selectively Program Cancer Cells to Self-Destruct

R. Jain, JP. Frederick, EY. Huang, KE. Burke, DM. Mauger, EA. Andrianova, SJ. Farlow, S. Siddiqui, J. Pimentel, K. Cheun...

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