Nanotherapeutics delivery: Can we get more than 1% of nanoparticles to the right place?

Delivering drugs to tumors requires overcoming many different biophysical barriers.  The use of nanoparticles allows us to bypass some of the traditional problems of drug delivery, but also introduces new challenges.  How do we design nanoparticles to effectively accumulate in tumors?   And deliver the right amount of drug in the right place at the right time?  Come learn about these unique design challenges and strategies to improve chances of success.


Anne LAnne van de Ven is an Associate Research Scientist at Northeastern University, where she combines high throughput nanoparticle synthesis with quantitative imaging and multiscale modeling to study and optimize cancer treatment in preclinical animal models. As Assistant Director of CaNCURE and Research Coordinator of the IGERT Nanomedicine program, she is highly involved in the education and training of future of nanomedicine leaders. Anne received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2008. From 2009 to 2013, she developed optical techniques for real-time monitoring nanoparticle-based drug delivery and treatment response under the supervision of Dr. Mauro Ferrari. Dr. van de Ven has 12 years experience in translational nanomedicine, clinical collaboration, and pre-clinical experimental design. Her areas of expertise include: intravital microscopy, optical instrumentation, nanoparticle design and characterization, drug delivery, and animal models of cancer.