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Texas invests record $3.5 million in startup cofounded by UT's Mauro Ferrari
Date:11/20/2008

dent for research at the health science center.

The company's basic technology was developed by Ferrari, who is deputy chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint venture among UTHSC-Houston, The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Each small silicon chip through which the NMS device will deliver medication into the bloodstream has 100,000 nanochannels, each precisely dimensioned from engineered materials to a size near that of a drug molecule. The company is focusing on an anti-cancer drug that is used in long-term therapy for its first commercially viable product. Its research and development activities over the next year will include further design and testing of the device's chip and capsule, animal studies, and applications with the federal Food and Drug Administration.

"This is a dream situation," Ferrari said. "We have an opportunity to take decisive strides against cancer, working all together as a team: the company, the State of Texas, our university laboratory and our collaborating partners at several Texas institutions. University laboratories alone cannot bring medical innovations into the clinic; they need companies that will turn basic discoveries into new medical treatments and clinical devices."

Ferrari continued, "That is why it is such a privilege to 'fly in formation' with NMS: We can make a real difference in patient care. I am confident that the work we are doing will have benefits beyond cancer, with applications to cardiovascular and infectious diseases, among others. We will continue to explore new approaches in civilian medicine, but also in space and military medicine, with the support of the sponsors of our university laboratory research: NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health."


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Contact: Robert Cahill
Robert.Cahill@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-3042
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
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