AGA Tech Summit

VIDEO: Nanotechnology is making a mark in gastroenterology



BOSTON – Nanotechnology, though small in scale, is making a big difference in gastroenterology. Nanoparticles can deliver therapeutic compounds or enable other diagnostic tools, said Vadim Backman, PhD, the Walter Dill Scott Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University, Chicago, in a video interview at the AGA Tech Summit, sponsored by the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology. Nanotechnology can treat disease by reprogramming gene expression or gene regulation. Nanoparticle formulations are FDA approved now for treatment of esophageal, colon, and pancreatic cancers, said Dr. Backman in a video interview, but the ability of nanotechnology to reprogram biological processes at the genetic level has researchers looking at treating inflammatory diseases and regenerating tissues.

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