X-Ray Enhanced Polymerization Of Nanostructures And X-Ray Activated Release Of Ions From Nanostructures

Tech ID: 23509 / UC Case 2013-325-0


A novel drug delivery system that is activated by low dose X-Ray which has further applications in imaging.

Full Description

Drug delivery is a significant problem for pharmaceuticals and patients alike. To ensure a therapeutic reaches its target pharmaceuticals must come up with a dosage which would allow the therapeutic to successfully traverse the maze that is the human body, reach its target, and still remain bio-active. To combat this, pharmaceuticals often have to increase dosage to get a therapeutic response, thereby increasing cost burden put on patients. Because of the numerous challenges put forward by drug delivery, a number of substantial therapeutics are overlooked, leaving patients with overpriced and outdated drugs.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a novel nanomaterial platform vehicle to carry therapeutics within the body. This novel technology utilizes nonreactive nanomaterials to traffic any therapeutic to the targeted locations. These nanomaterial vehicles are able to move through the body without being destructed, and are later broken down at the targeted locations using a low dose of radiation from a low energy focusing X-ray source. This unique X-ray modality dually acts as a catalyst for release of the therapeutic, as well as a device for Three-Dimensional Point Scan Imaging. This 3D point scan, which unlike tomographic or sectioning scanning, enables a high sensitivity probe of the target of nanomaterials in the sample, which can be orders of magnitude higher than conventional CT-based methods. By using one source for imaging and drug release, physicians/clinicians will be able to deliver, located and activate high levels of otherwise extremely potent therapeutic drugs to a specific targeted area with great efficiency.


  • Medical Imaging
  • Drug Delivery


  • Low cost method to treat patients with targeted high dosage therapeutics
  • High resolution 3-D point scan
  • Novel drug delivery system that utilize X-Rays to release therapeutics

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Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 9,993,553 06/12/2018 2013-449
United States Of America Issued Patent 9,764,305 09/19/2017 2012-304
United States Of America Issued Patent 9,718,922 08/01/2017 2013-325
United States Of America Issued Patent 9,604,955 03/28/2017 2012-303
United States Of America Published Application 20160252471 09/01/2016 2013-859


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nano, nanomaterial, X-Ray, low dose X-Ray

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