Nanotechnology offers immense promise for developing new technologies that are more sustainable than current technologies. Green nanotechnology involves an approach to risk mitigation in an emerging and important set of industries. Nanomedicine, the application of nanotechnology to human healthcare, offers numerous potential pathways to improving medical diagnosis and therapy and even to regenerate tissues and organs. It can provide personalized yet more affordable healthcare while at the same time offering an improved quality of life for everyone. Diagnostic applications include efficient probes for molecular and cellular imaging, nanoparticulate drugs for targeted therapy, and integrated nano-enabled devices for early disease detection and screening. Nano-diagnostic systems have enabled various new approaches that use nanotechnologies for the rapid and real-time detection of pathogens and microorganisms with increased sensitivity and selectivity. Nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems are able to mitigate the systemic problems related to drug solubility, bioavailability and toxicity towards non-target tissues by combining tissue- or organ-specific targeting with therapeutic action. Nanotechnology may also provide new strategies for regenerative medicine, including better materials and fabrication tools to improve or restore damaged tissues. This comprehensive publication entitled “Nanotechnology Applications in Healthcare – Potpourri” provides a glimpse of the enormous potential of nanotechnology in Healthcare applications as described above.
The report on “Nanotechnology Applications in Healthcare – Potpourri” was prepared by the CII Centre of Excellence in Nanotechnology (CoE-NT), Ahmedabad in association with their knowledge partners, Centre for Knowledge Management of Nanoscience and Technology (CKMNT) and PharmaTutor.
The report was released during the inaugural session on 6 August at the “Global Green Nanotechnology Conclave (GiGaNTiC-2015)” organised by CII on 6 - 7 August, 2015 at Ahmedabad.