There is a strong drive to apply nanoscale technologies in the healthcare sector as diseases have their origins at the molecular level. The sector breaks down into drug delivery and therapeutics, implants and medical devices, tissue engineering, and diagnostics.
There are a number of areas where nanotechnologies are already being adopted in healthcare. For example, many diagnostic systems now rely on nano and micro systems, some drug formulations utilise nano-sized particles such as micelles and liposomes, and nanoparticles are being trialled in cancer therapy.
The Healthcare & Life Sciences theme of the Nanotechnology Community has four active focus groups to support the advancement of nanotechnology in the healthcare and life sciences sector. These are: