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Nanotechnology Characterization Lab

Eliminating suffering and death from cancer requires an unprecedented collaborative effort that leverages resources from government, industry, and academia. Working in concert with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) established the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory to perform preclinical efficacy and toxicity testing of nanoparticles.

The NCL serves as a national resource and knowledge base for all cancer researchers to facilitate the regulatory review of nanotechnologies intended for cancer therapies and diagnostics. By providing the critical infrastructure and characterization services to nanomaterial providers, the NCL accelerates the transition of basic nanoscale particles and devices into clinical applications, thereby reducing suffering and death from cancer.

There are multiple ways the NCL can help nanotech researchers and developers advance their technology, including characterization, reformulation, optimization, lead selection, method development, and more.

Learn about how to collaborate with the NCL.

News & Updates

The NCL has 4 immediate openings. This is an opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary team and contribute to the National Mission of the only NIH-...

The next deadline for application to NCL’s Assay Cascade characterization program is March 2, 2020.

FREE Online Immunology Workshop

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Laboratory co-Director and Head of NCL’s Immunology Section, Dr. Marina Dobrovolskaia, will be co-chairing a session with Dr.

The NCI SBIR Development Center will host its fourth Translational Resources to Enhance Commercialization Success (TRECS) workshop on May 19 & 20, 2020 at...

NCL Sr. Scientist Dr. Rachael Crist will be representing the NCL at the annual BIO International Convention. The next meeting is being held in San Diego, CA, June 8-11.