Nanotechnology is beginning to have an enormous impact on the pharmaceutical, medical devices, implants, imaging and diagnostics sectors, with annual markets of billions of dollars predicted within ten years.
According to nanoposts.com, life sciences and healthcare products enabled by nanomaterials currently represent a $1 billion plus market in 2009. First generation products on the market include nano-titania coated implants, nanoparticulate pharmaceuticals, anti-bacterial coatings for medical supplies and healing wound dressings.
The second wave of products and processes holds even greater promise, with exploitation of the properties of nanomaterials allowing for early diagnosis, detection and treatment of disease and replacement of bone and tissue for regenerative purposes. Long-term biocompatible implants and non-invasive targeted therapeutics to treat cancer are potentially achievable based on current R&D advances. Companies with product portfolios in the life sciences and healthcare markets include:
Drug delivery: Access Pharmaceuticals (Nanoparticle Aggregate Drug Delivery Technology); Asklêpios BioPharmaceutical Inc (Biological Nano Particles (BNP™) Platform); Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals (Emulsiphan Nanoparticle Tumour Targeting Technology); Magforce Nanotechnologies (MagForce® Nanoparticles).
Medical imaging and biosensing: AMG Pharmaceuticals (Iron nanoparticles imaging agents to aid in the diagnosis of cancer and cardiovascular disease); Nanosphere (Verigene system for molecular diagnostics).
Anti-bacterial coatings: Bionic Surfaces (Surface-modified Silicone Rubber for medical catheters); GfE Medizintechnik GmbH (Nanoscale titanium-coated synthetic implants).
Wound dressings: ConvaTec (Silver-containing Hydrofiber® (SCH) dressing,AQUACEL® Ag); Smith and Nephew (Acticoat nanocrystalline wound dressings).
This 213 page report provides in depth coverage of one of the most active and commercially important areas of research and application of nanotechnology.
The report includes:
- Analyses of key nanotechnologies for the life sciences and healthcare industries, and commercialization activity
- Analyses of the impact of nanotechnology on the life science and healthcare markets to 2015
- Analyses of most promising product areas in Pharmaceuticals, Drug Delivery, Medical Supplies and Devices, Implants, Biomedical Coatings, Wound Care, Diagnostics, Non-Invasive Therapies, Imaging and Tissue Engineering.
- Profiles of global companies and research centres developing commercial applications of nanotechnologies for the Life Sciences and Healthcare industries