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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 FDA recently finalized a guidance for industry document on liposome drug products.

A novel polyplex nanoparticle formulated at the NCL is shown to inhibit growth of pancreatic cancer and prevent metastasis in mice. The study was co-lead by Dr.

Each quarter the NCL accepts the most promising cancer nanomedicine candidates into its Assay Cascade characterization and testing program.

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This year’s annual CRS meeting and expo takes place in New York, NY, July 22-24, 2018. NCL Director, Dr.

The 11th Swiss Pharma Science Day takes place August 22, 2018 at the University of Bern. NCL’s Director, Dr.

The 256th ACS meeting will be held in Boston, MA, August 19-23, 2018. The theme for this year’s meeting is Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Beyond. Dr.