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Synthetic enzymes for controlled drug delivery in cells

The Nanoscopy for Nanomedicine group has studied Single-Chain Polymeric Nanoparticles (SCPNs) mimicking enzymes as possible drug activators in biological environments, like the living cell.

The bio-inspired nanoparticles could be used to spatially control drug delivery in the treatment of diseases such as cancer.

Through their study, published in JACS, the researchers have optimized the delivery strategies of dynamic SCPNs so that they retain their catalytic activity at the cellular environment. This paves the way towards the rational design of nanosystems that can perform effective catalysis in vivo.

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Launch of SOMMa focuses on safeguarding the competitiveness of science in Spain

SOMMa, the alliance of Spain’s 25 Severo Ochoa centres – including IBEC – and 16 María de Maeztu units that aims to raise the national and international profile of science in the country, held a press launch on Monday at the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness in Madrid.

At the event, the representatives of SOMMa, together with the Secretary of State for R&D&I Carmen Vela, presented the new alliance. “Joining this alliance allows us to join forces, increase our impact and encourage collaboration and networking,” said Teresa García-Milà, vice-president of SOMMa and director of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE). “In short, we are enriching the R&D system of this country in the long term.”

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