Strathclyde University has been awarded £853K for a nanotechnologies facility

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Strathclyde University has been awarded £853,000 to host the Multiscale Metrology Suite for Next-Generation Health Nanotechnologies for healthcare applications, to provide scientists with access to technology for the examination of materials, supporting detection of upcoming therapies and diagnostics.

The facility, which enables comprehensive physical and chemical investigation of prototype technologies, has attracted a joint investment of approximately £1.6 million from Strathclyde and the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council).

“Strathclyde University has been awarded £853,000 for a nanotechnologies facility.“

Nanotechnology analysis for healthcare applications is complex and difficult, involving numerous technologies, which frequently causes delays in the development of novel medicines or product failure in later stages of clinical trials.

The MMS intends to push existing limits by allowing various analyses to be done on the same material as a modular suite incorporating the latest in detecting technologies in a single setup.

Researchers will be able to increase their understanding of what qualities drive the performance and safety of novel nanotechnology-based therapies thanks to the data obtained by the measurements.

Researchers in nanotechnology from both industry and academia can use the facility to try out new prototypes and build new procedures.

Lecturer in Translational Pharmaceutics with Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and Chancellor’s research fellow, Dr Zahra Rattray, stated: “Nanotechnology for health is a rapidly growing sector, as seen with vaccines developed during the Covid-19 pandemic and the increased use of nanotechnologies in cancer diagnostics and therapies. We are excited about the opportunities the MMS will create with the proposal partners, the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, the Medicines Discovery Catapult and the Centre for Process Innovation, as well as the wider UK and international nanotechnology communities, in addressing the challenges faced in nanomedicine design.”

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