Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 1, 77-84 (January 2002) | doi:10.1038/nrd707

TimelineMoving smaller in drug discovery and delivery

David A. LaVan1, David M. Lynn1 & Robert Langer2  About the authors


Advances in new micro- and nanotechnologies are accelerating the identification and evaluation of drug candidates, and the development of new delivery technologies that are required to transform biological potential into medical reality. This article will highlight the emerging micro- and nanotechnology tools, techniques and devices that are being applied to advance the fields of drug discovery and drug delivery. Many of the promising applications of micro- and nanotechnology are likely to occur at the interfaces between microtechnology, nanotechnology and biochemistry.

Author affiliations

  1. David A. LaVan is at the Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA, and the Health Sciences Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139-4307, USA.
  2. David M. Lynn and Robert Langer are at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139-4307, USA.

Correspondence to: Robert Langer2 Email:

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