Engineering, On‐demand Manufacturing, and Scaling‐up of Polymeric Nanocapsules


Authors: J. Crecente-Campo and M.J. Alonso

Journal: Bioengineering and Translational Medicine

DOI: 10.1002/btm2.10118

Publication - Abstract

September 17, 2018

Abstract

Polymeric nanocapsules are versatile delivery systems with the capacity to load lipophilic drugs in their oily nucleus and hydrophilic drugs in their polymeric shell. The objective of this work was to expand the technological possibilities to prepare customized nanocapsules. First, we adapted the solvent displacement technique to modulate the particle size of the resulting nanocapsules in the 50–500 nm range. We also produced nanosystems with a shell made of one or multiple polymer layers i.e. chitosan, dextran sulphate, hyaluronate, chondroitin sulphate, and alginate. In addition, we identified the conditions to translate the process into a miniaturized high‐throughput tailor‐made fabrication that enables massive screening of formulations. Finally, the production of the nanocapsules was scaled‐up both in a batch production, and also using microfluidics. The versatility of the properties of these nanocapsules and their fabrication technologies is expected to propel their advance from bench to clinic.

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