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Nanotechnology: A Balm for the Challenges of Drug Delivery

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

2007 was an awful year for drug delivery companies, and 2008 is shaping up to be no better. The share prices of many drug delivery companies are trading at or below their 10-year averages as investors realize that convenient delivery of large molecules that heretofore required painful injections isn't necessarily a compelling commercial opportunity. Still, intrepid venture capitalists are investing in some companies that are capitalizing on one key difference: these fledgling start-ups use nanotechnology to create therapies that are significantly different--especially in terms of safety and efficacy--from the first-generation drugs they hope to supplant.

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