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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. 

MIT discovers malaria parasitic waste has Dx biomarker potential

Malaria parasites produce waste products as they spread in the blood. Those parasitic discharges may give scientists an ideal diagnostic biomarker to help spot the infection and determine how serious it is, researchers have found.

Biodegradable film strip enabling 14 months of drug delivery prototyped by MIT team

A team of MIT researchers successfully tested a thin-film drug delivery system enabling steady, sustained release of medication for about 14 months, a scientific advancement with major commercial implications. 

MIT engineers discover key mechanism behind gold nanoparticle delivery

Gold nanoparticles are once again in the drug delivery spotlight as MIT scientists have discovered a mechanism by which the particles enter cells and could thus act as better drug carriers.

Researchers developing state-changing surgical robots

Robotics company Boston Dynamics and MIT are teaming up to develop the next generation of robots. The duo developed a new composite material that can quickly transform from a rigid state into a softer one by softening its joints with heat.

MIT, MicroCHIPS develop remote-controlled contraceptive with on-off delivery

A new contraceptive implant developed by Lexington, MA-based MicroCHIPS could give women remote-controlled access to their hormone administration, offering up to 16 years of specifically dosed delivery and thus more authority over their birth control regimens.