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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 Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) will be hosting a half-day event that will showcase technologies being developed at the National Cancer Institute...

Not sure what the NCL does or how we might work together? Watch the NCL’s overview video to learn more about the services we offer.

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The 2017 International Advanced Drug Delivery Symposium (IADDS) will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, April 6-7, 2017. NCL’s Sr. Principal Scientist in Immunology will be speaking....

The annual CLINAM meeting will take place May 7-10 in Basel, Switzerland. NCL Director, Scott McNeil will be giving two talks during the meeting.

NCL’s Director, Scott McNeil will be speaking at the 2017 FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress (PSWC) in Stockholm, Sweden.