Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery

Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery

The Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) and the University Medicine of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz work together to bring drug delivery systems to the clinic. This bridges the gap between medical need and excellent basic science. Nanocarrier research is focused on altering the body distribution of drugs such that lower doses can be used. This results in lower side effects and/or higher effectiveness. Classical pharmaceutical approaches as well as novel immune modulating agents to treat cancer and (auto)immune diseases like rheumatitis are the focus of this collaboration.

Besides understanding the basic hurdles e.g. by the nanocarrier-protein interaction we aim here to use pharmaceutical grade ingredients in a standard operating procedure also implying the use of closed systems such that injectable drug delivery systems can be obtained. This track is clearly aimed at upscaling the process of nanocarrier synthesis and applying the nanocarrier in vivo in preclinical and clinical studies.


  • identify medical needs from applications in clinical use
  • translate the medical need into a scientific question
  • understand opportunities and obstacles of nanocarriers in the complex biological surrounding of blood plasma and in whole organisms
  • to develop a process which uses pharmaceutical grade excipients that can be transformed into a good-manufacturing-production (GMP) process
  • develop assays for testing of nanocarriers during production and for a batch-to-batch release
  • perform the crucial in vivo studies for effectiveness and toxicology
  • transform this towards a process performed in a small-medium enterprise (SME)


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Dr. Volker Mailänder
The Mailänder group is focusing on translating drug nanocarriers into clinically relevant applications by understanding their potentials and hurdles. more
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