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MIT team injects drug-carrying hydrogel that 're-heals' in the body

A team of MIT scientists has designed a new injectable hydrogel made from nanoparticles that could someday be used to hold drugs in the body, treating diseases such as cancer, macular degeneration and heart disease.

Langer team offers up a hydrogel drug delivery vehicle at MIT

Researchers in the lab of MIT's Robert Langer have created a hydrogel that's designed to be much better than current technologies in getting drugs into patients and straight to where they are targeted.

Study: Biology-inspired computers rival primate brain at image recognition

While computers have long since surpassed the capabilities of the human brain in certain areas, people have continued to outperform machines at visual object recognition. Now though, computers may be starting to catch up--and the advance has implications for our understanding of the human brain.

MIT spinoff Microchips finishes development of its birth control, osteoporosis implant

Microchips Biotech says it's ready to send its delivery technology out into the world, this week announcing it has completed development and clinical demonstration of the drug-delivering implant.

Harvard, MIT teams identify a 'pre-malignant' phase for blood cancers

Two different groups of investigators say they've found a way to identify a large group of patients that are characterized by a very high risk of developing blood cancers--and their discovery could pave the way to a new treatment approach in oncology.

Scientists developing machine-based algorithm for heart failure and emphysema Dx

As the med tech industry casts its eye toward quick, point-of-care diagnostics, scientists at MIT are teaming up with physicians from Harvard Medical School to create new technology that could help distinguish between acute emphysema and heart failure by measuring an individual's breath.

MIT spinoff SQZ Biotech nabs startup prizes for cell-squeezing delivery enhancer

With small but prestigious contributions from the scientific community, SQZ Biotech is looking to launch its CellSqueeze platform to be used in commercial applications.

Sanofi leads $11M Series A round for needle-free delivery company

Portal Instruments, a new Boston-based company, secured $11 million for its computerized needle-free drug delivery system via a Series A funding round led by Sanofi, Boston-based VC PBJ Capital and a major medical device company. It became only the third company to receive funding under Sanofi's Sunrise Initiative for early stage companies.

Needle-coated pill offers safe oral delivery of insulin, vaccines

A pill coated with tiny needles may help improve oral treatments, according to researchers. When swallowed, the pill delivers large molecules such as insulin into the lining of the stomach and does so more efficiently than an injection under the skin.

Detoxified anthrax used to deliver cancer drugs within cells

MIT scientists have employed a harmless version of the anthrax causing bacteria for drug delivery purposes, using it to insert drugs known as antibody mimics inside cells in the fight against cancer.