Peptide-based Star Polymers for Improved Biointeraction and Targeted Anticancer Therapies

Grant number: DP140100002 | Funding period: 2014 - 2017



The aim of this project is to develop peptide-based star polymer nanocarriers for targeted drug delivery to cancer stem cells which integrate aptamer targeting technology and biointeraction studies with blood plasma fluid. The significance of this research is it pioneers the development of a drug delivery system that minimises plasma opsonization through understanding polymer-plasma interactions, which in turn increases tumour specificity and cell internalisation through incorporation of targeting aptamers and triggered drug release. This project will use rational design, advanced macromolecular engineering and an interdisciplinary collaboration to generate next-generation polymer therapeuti..

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