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Preclinical characterization of oncology nanomedicines
Expediting nanomedicine development

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 recently completed a 2.5 year interagency collaboration with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to evaluate the bioequivalence of marketed nanomedicines.

The NCL solicits applications for the most promising cancer nanomedicine candidates for acceptance into its Assay Cascade characterization and testing program.

Toward Translation of Nanotechnology Cancer Interventions (TTNCI), PAR-20-116

Meet Us @

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.

This year’s Tech Connect World Innovation Conference & Expo will be held at National Harbor in MD, June 29-July 1, 2020.

UPDATE--The CLINAM meeting originally planned for May 17-20, 2020 has been rescheduled due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.