May 27 2020 Posted: 09:57 IST

One aspect of successful drug development is efficient delivery to affected organs. Most drugs are taken by mouth, travel to the intestines, are absorbed into the bloodstream, and circulated to organs of interest. However, a class of potent drugs known as peptides cannot withstand this abrasive route and are directly injected into veins, under the skin, or into muscles. Injections are invasive, and most patients prefer to avoid them, sometimes leading to a delay in their peptide treatment. Professor David Brayden at University College Dublin uses nanotechnology to engineer ways for peptides to be safely and effectively taken by mouth. Read more about this research at Research Outreach.

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