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Friday, March 21, 2008

Novozymes and Upperton Collaborate on New Nanoparticle Drug Delivery

Nanowerk reports that Novozymes announced a new collaboration agreement with Upperton Limited, a UK based Biotech Company specialising in novel nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems.

The two companies and will focus on the commercial exploitation of the jointly-owned rP-nano™ technology: a highly targeted drug delivery system which utilises the natural binding properties of recombinant protein nanoparticles to enhance drug and gene bioavailability.

They generate nanoparticles from recombinant proteins in a yeast-based expression system. rP-nano™ technology can generate precisely-sized nanoparticles within the range of 10nm to 120nm and can be optimised for Enhanced Permeability and Retention effect. The nanoparticles produced through this process retain the natural binding properties of the recombinant proteins from which they are made, and bind to specific cell types to enable more targeted drug delivery and improved bioavailability.