The urgent need to reduce the side effects of drug administration requires to increase the
concentration of drug to the targeted body part of interest. The introduction of nanotechnology,
which involves creation and utilization of materials, devices or systems on the nanometer scale,
allowed to design and develop nanocarriers able to deliver the drug to a target organ, minimizing
the drug’s effects on the healthy tissues, thus reducing its side effects. The application of
nanotechnology to medicine, designated as nanomedicine has greatly accelerated not only the
treatment of many diseases, but also the diagnosis and the imaging. Target-specific drug therapy
and methods for early diagnosis of pathologies are the priority research areas where
nanotechnology would play a vital role.
However, even with excellent new materials, some questions have to be solved: how to improve a
nanocarrier for real applications? What is the state of the art of the research into the drug delivery
systems? This e-Book is written with these questions in mind. How nanomaterials are employed in
the disease treatment and in diagnostic purposes.
This e-Book edited by Dr. M. Luisa Bondì, Dr. Chiara Botto and Dr. Erika Amore is of interest for
not only specialists in pharmaceutical technology, but also graduate students and researchers in
materials for drug delivery, biomolecular recognition and medical imaging since “Frontiers in
Nanomedicine” links academic knowledge to both research know-how and the avant-garde
industrial application of advanced materials for drug delivery systems of industrial application.
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche Chimiche e Farmaceutiche (STEBICEF)
University of Palermo