Biomedical Engineering and Life Science

Biomedical Engineering and Life Science

DTU Nanotech aims at being at the forefront of biomedical and life science research with focus on nano- and microscale biomaterials. We aim to benefit society by creating innovative technological solutions to healthcare challenges. We have world-class facilities for the synthesis, characterisation and biological testing of novel biomaterials. In 2014 we have attracted several talented young scientists within drug delivery, tissue engineering and other areas of biomedical science. These young talents together with the attraction of major grants, in particular a Centre of Excellence from the Danish National Research Foundation, provide very exciting prospects for our department within this fast developing area.

 



Research areas:

Medical imaging

Medical imaging
Based on unique biomaterial engineering, DTU Nanotech has been highly successful in translational research of new imaging agents.
For some years, we have been able to transform research in contrast agent technology into new solutions for imaging and diagnosing of patients. A prime example is the development of injectable cancer markers that can be used in image-guided external beam radiotherapy to increase the precision of tumor radiation for the benefit of patients with cancer. In the coming years, we will continue our close collaboration with regional hospitals to develop imaging agents of the future.

Drug delivery

Drug delivery
During the past decade, we have continuously increased our research portfolio in drug delivery programs with micro- and nanoscale structuring of novel materials as a central theme.
Today, our department work on finding new solutions to curing diseases in more effective ways than current state-of-the-art. Our drug delivery projects include systems for oral delivery, ocular delivery, systemic immunotherapy administration and locally implantable devices. The research in drug delivery material designs makes use of both top-down and bottom-up structuring principles and it is based on our increasing understanding of material interactions with biological environments.

Tissue engineering

Tissue engineering
In recent years, we have increased our programs within tissue engineering with focus on biomaterials research.
Our projects include micro- and nanostructured biomaterial scaffolds that are constructed by use of 3D printing, as well as self-organizing injectables. Main examples are biomaterials where stem-cells are embedded inducing tissue re-generation or where stimulants are present that control immune responses and tissue re-growth after injection. One vision of our research program has been the construction of semi-synthetic artificial organs such as an artificial liver.

Contact

Thomas Lars Andresen
Head of Department, Professor
DTU Nanotech
+45 25 37 44 86