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  • “Partnering with Microfluidics has enabled us to advance exciting new nanotechnology-based methods for drug delivery, for example, to penetrate the blood brain barrier,” said Mansoor Amiji, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Northeastern University. “This is the only technology successful thus far in creating decorated drug nanoparticles which deliver benefits to specific parts of the body and, therefore, accomplish more with less drug.”

    “As you reduce the particle size of your formulation containing the compound of interest, you increase its surface area, thereby improving bioavailability and efficacy and, as a result, reducing adverse side effects by decreasing the required dose for effectiveness,” explained Prof. Robert Nicolosi, Ph.D., of the Department of Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences at University of Massachusetts Lowell. “Microfluidics provides an enabling technology which has allowed us to develop novel properties for pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical applications.”

    More than one in every ten Microfluidizer processors sold are to universities – a figure Microfluidics expects to increase over time as the core model for biopharmaceutical R&D continues to evolve. The recently launched LV1 low volume processor, which for the first time brings Microfluidizer-quality processing capabilities to samples as small as 1 ml, is an ideal solution for universities with limited or high value raw materials.

    “The importance of academic research to the pharmaceutical industry's drug development strategy cannot be understated, and it's increasing every day,” said Michael C. Ferrara, Mic
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