Nanoparticles – Global Health and Beyond

Marco Biamonte, Drug Discovery for Tropical Diseases & Steven J. Oldenburg, nanoComposix

Marco Biamonte is the founder of Drugs & Diagnostics for Tropical Diseases (2011-present), a San Diego based nonprofit research organization developing new products for Global Health. Prior to that, Marco was a Senior Scientist at Biogen Idec (San Diego, 2006-2011) and Scientist at Conforma Therapeutics (2001-2006) where he contributed to advancing three compounds to development, including the cancer drugs BIIB021 (Phase II) and BIIB028 (Phase I). Marco holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK, and completed his postdoctoral work at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich). Marco will discuss the importance of new diagnostics for Global Health and focus on a device being developed at DDTD to detect parasitic worms. The device is a “lateral flow assay”, which is the same format as the home pregnancy test. Marco will describe the anatomy of a lateral flow assay and show how advances in nanoparticle chemistry can maximize the efficiency of such devices.

Steven Oldenburg is the founder of nanoComposix (2004-present), a San Diego based company with a mission to help its customers maximize the benefits of nanotechnology through the use of precisely manufactured and highly characterized nanomaterials. nanoComposix has been ranked by the Department of Defense as one of the top 10%
small companies in terms of commercialization success. Prior to that, Steven was Senior Scientist at Seashell Technology, where he was responsible for identifying and developing commercial applications of nanotechnology, raising capital, and managing the scientific research team. Steven holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Rice University. Steve will describe novel nanoparticles made at nanoComposix and their application to different fields, such as defense, security, dermatology, nanosafety, and diagnostics. Steve will discuss

Tuesday January 26 2016, 6:00-8:00pm


The Scripps Research Institute
Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Building
10550 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla

As always the event is free and free food and drink will be served.

Registration is on Eventbrite:


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