Technology Review (MIT)
Vol. 109, Num. 1
University of Michigan researcher James Baker has developed a nanoparticle that can flag and deliver medicine that destroys cancer cells. Apparently more efficient than chemotherapy, these nanoparticles show great promise even as the next generation of nanoparticles are being tested. Baker uses the highly "branched" dendrimer molecule to accomplish his precise targeting. He chains these dedrimers and adds various drugs to treat many kinds of tumors. His basic design could be approved for use in patients in as little as five years.