19 Aug 2022

University of Limerick scientists tackle pharma's biggest challenge

Dr Luis Padrela of UL’s Bernal Institute

Dr Luis Padrela of UL’s Bernal Institute

SCIENTISTS at the University of Limerick are teaming up with Enterprise Ireland on a project aiming to tackle the biggest challenge facing the pharmaceutical industry.

While new drugs are continually developed, the majority of these never reach the patient because they are not soluble enough to be absorbed in the body, according to Dr Luis Padrela of UL’s Bernal Institute.

The key to resolving this lies in nanotechnology. 

“The manufacture of these nanotech drugs on a commercial scale remains a major challenge. That is the problem that we intend to solve,” Dr Padrela said. 

The team will develop continuous scaleable methods of drug manufacture at the nano-level, with the project anticipated to run for the next two years.

Enterprise Ireland has invested nearly half a million euro into the project that hopes to bring their solutions to market.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.