Engineering and evaluating drug delivery particles in microfluidic devices
AuthorBjoernmalm, M; Yan, Y; Caruso, F
Source TitleJOURNAL OF CONTROLLED RELEASE
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
AffiliationChemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsBjoernmalm, M; Yan, Y; Caruso, F, Engineering and evaluating drug delivery particles in microfluidic devices, JOURNAL OF CONTROLLED RELEASE, 2014, 190 pp. 139 - 149
Access StatusOpen Access
The development of new and improved particle-based drug delivery is underpinned by an enhanced ability to engineer particles with high fidelity and integrity, as well as increased knowledge of their biological performance. Microfluidics can facilitate these processes through the engineering of spatiotemporally highly controlled environments using designed microstructures in combination with physical phenomena present at the microscale. In this review, we discuss microfluidics in the context of addressing key challenges in particle-based drug delivery. We provide an overview of how microfluidic devices can: (i) be employed to engineer particles, by providing highly controlled interfaces, and (ii) be used to establish dynamic in vitro models that mimic in vivo environments for studying the biological behavior of engineered particles. Finally, we discuss how the flexible and modular nature of microfluidic devices provides opportunities to create increasingly realistic models of the in vivo milieu (including multi-cell, multi-tissue and even multi-organ devices), and how ongoing developments toward commercialization of microfluidic tools are opening up new opportunities for the engineering and evaluation of drug delivery particles.
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