Polymer Research

Edith Mathiowitz

“The distribution [of orally delivered protein-based medicines] in the body can be somehow controlled with the type of polymer that you use.” Credit: Mike Cohea/Brown University

In a new study, a “bioadhesive” coating developed at Brown University significantly improved the intestinal absorption into the bloodstream of nanoparticles that someday could carry protein drugs such as insulin. Such a step is necessary for drugs taken by mouth, rather than injected directly into the blood.