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NHK World Japan features the Nanomedicine Lab in Direct Talk – The Medical Revolution

NHK World Japan interviewed Professor Kostarelos about his views on nanotechnology impacting medicine. Kostas talked about how this medical revolution is gradually taking place through methods leading to tissue regeneration, advanced drug delivery, neural interface devices. All part of the Nanomedicine Lab research areas and active projects!





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Press excited with Nanomedicine Lab – CUHK collaboration in designing propelled delivery systems published in Science Robotics

The animation that Science magazine put out on YouTube to promote/communicate the article: This robot made of algae can swim through your body.

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Tiny robot designed to fight cancer could be inserted into human body

Scientists have developed tiny, remote-controlled “microrobots” with the ability to release cancer-targeting drugs, which they hope will one day be used to diagnose disease and administer drugs inside the human body. Read article      


The tiny robots that could help treat cancer: ‘Biohybrid’ machines the same size as a red blood cell could soon deliver drugs to remote parts of the body

Scientists Tiny robots could soon be delivering life-saving treatments to hard-to-reach parts of the body, according to a new study. Read more      


MICROBOT MIRACLE Tiny cancer fighting robots could be injected into humans to fight disease

TINY robots small enough to be injected into the human body have been hailed as a potential breakthrough in the battle to cure cancer. More details


Tiny microrobots could be used to cure cancer

Known as “biohybrids,” the microbots can be controlled remotely to deliver life-saving drugs directly to affected areas for maximum efficiency. Read article


GERMINATOR Tiny robots can be used to eradicate cancer cells in blood stream, scientists believe

Experts have developed remote-controlled “micro-robots” that have the ability to release drugs to target cancer with precision. Find out more

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Biodegradable nanobots could help treat cancer


The team led by Prof Li Zhang from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, including Prof Kostas Kostarelos from Manchester University, have created the bots from a biodegradable material called spirulina algae. More details

                                                                                               How nanobots work (by Carlo Schaffer, Science Robotics, AAAS)


Using microrobots to diagnose and treat illness in remote areas of the body

Imagine a swarm of remote-controlled microrobots, a few micrometers in length (blood-vessel-sized), unleashed into your body to swim through your intestinal track or blood vessels, for example. Goal: to diagnose illness and treat it in hard-to-reach areas of the body. Read here


Nanobots pass first stage in ‘fantastic voyage’ from fiction to fact

A team of scientists have created a new generation of tiny remote controlled nanorobots which could one day allow doctors to diagnose disease and deliver drugs from within the human body. Read here


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The remote-controlled nanorobots that may hold the future of medicine.

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Tiny robot to be inserted into human bodies to fight cancer

The real potential of these bots, according to Professor Kostarelos, lies in the potential to navigate them towards “hard-to-reach cavities of the human body” where they can treat or diagnose disease without the need for more invasive methods. Read here


Tiny robot biohybrids could help treat cancer

Rather than design complicated nano-robots from scratch, scientists are increasingly looking to build on the elegant infrastructure provided by nature. Read more


Nanobots Pass First Stage in “Fantastic Voyage” From Fiction to Fact

An international team of researchers have created remote controlled nanobots from a biodegradable material that they believe could assist doctors in diagnosing diseases and delivering drugs to target sites. Read article 

(Source: University of Manchester)


Algae hope for diagnostic nanobots 

The algae are thought to have been a source of nourishment in central America at the time of the Aztecs. They are biodegradable and available for sale as a food substitute in health food shops. Read here


Scientists Program Remote-Controlled Nanobots to Kill Cancer

A joint effort by researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Manchester, these tiny droids could one day empower doctors to diagnose disease and deliver drugs from within the human body.Read More


Tiny robots step closer to treating hard-to-reach parts of the body

Spirulina algae coated with magnetic particles to form a microrobot. Devices such as these could be developed to diagnose and treat illness in hard-to-reach parts of the body. More details


Magnetically-Controlled Organic Microbots Could Change Medicine in the Next Decade

Microbots designed to traverse the human body are one of the most potentially transformative technologies in the future of healthcare. Researchers have developed a microbot made from algae that solves some problems with the tech. Read here


Researchers Turn Algae Into Micro-Robots

Targeting diseased cells while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue alone is a big challenge in drug development. It would be nice if you could get a robot to do it for you. Read article 


Tiny magnetic robots could treat hard-to-reach body parts

Scientists have developed a swarm of robots measuring about the size of a blood cell that can be remotely operated to diagnose and treat illness in hard-to-reach areas of the human body.Read More

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Could tiny robots made from algae be the next big break in the fight against cancer?

A common algae has been used to make biodegradable microrobots that could detect diseases in the human body as well as attack cancer cells, Chinese University researchers announced on Tuesday. More details


Cancer killer is a micro marvel

Two Chinese University of Hong Kong researchers have developed the first biodegradable microbot – a microscopic robot – with the “unexpected” ability to kill cancer cells in a laboratory setting. Read here


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‘Graphene: One world in 2D’ featured in ΤΟ ΒΗΜΑ, a Sunday large circulation newspaper in Greece

The scientific developments of the lightest and most resistant material that man has ever made, has been the subject of Graphene Week Conference held in Athens, Greece from the 25th until the 29th September 2017. At this annual gathering for graphene technology leaders Kostas gave a talk on the work carried out in the Nanomedicine Lab and was featured in the article.

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The Norwegian daily newspaper Klassekampen is interested in the technologies developed in the Nanomedicine Lab

One of the larger circulation daily newspapers in Norway was interested to discuss with Prof Kostarelos the adoption and possible misuse of nanotechnologies developed for medical applications.

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The BBC World Service visits the Nanomedicine Lab for an interview about the implications of Brexit

Related imageThe BBC World Service interviewed Professor Kostarelos. One of their key questions was: Are UK-based scientists already suffering from the country’s imminent departure from the European Union?


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BBC Radio Manchester interviews Dr Bussy ahead of the Royal visit

As a nanosafety specialist, Cyrill first discussed what “nanosafety” encompasses and why this is important for the sustainable development of nanotechnologies. He then moved on to explain what the Duke and Duchess will be presented with and what graphene is currently used for, including the BAC mono car that made the headlines of most media coverage.Related image duke-graphene-car




El Mundo visits the Nanomedicine Lab to interview our researchers about Brexit

Irene offered an interview discussing her views on how the UK’s departure from the EU could affect scientists’ mobility and the funding landscape in UK’s labs. The report was published nation-wide under the title “With Brexit, Science loses”.


Kostas is one of the Explorers in the Science Museum exhibition titled ‘Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond’

Since the world’s first two-dimensional material was first isolated in 2004, graphene has captured the attention of scientists, researchers and industry worldwide. It has triggered a global surge in research into a whole new realm of two-dimensional wonder materials that have the potential to transform the lives of almost everyone. Find out more



Global press attention for Biomedical Technologies WorkPackage led by the Nanomedicine Lab


CNN special on medical applications of graphene films at the Nanomedicine Lab


Scientists are exploring the application of graphene and its potential medical applications, using it to build better sensors to examine blood samples or test for viruses. Find out the medical story behind the thinnest, lightest and strongest stable material on earth. Dr Ania Jolly and Prof Kostas Kostarelos were interviewed at the Nanomedicine Lab and the National Graphene Institute for this piece.


Global press attention for our temperature-sensitive liposomes

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Heat-triggered ‘grenades’ hit cancer

Scientists have designed microscopic “grenades” that can explode their cancer-killing payload in tumours. Read the article      

Heat-activated ‘grenade’ to target cancer

Researchers have developed cancer drug-packed ‘grenades’ armed with heat sensitive triggers, allowing for treatment to be targeted directly at tumours, according to two studies due to be presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool. Read the article

Drug ‘grenades’ to target malignant tumours 

It may seem drastic, but researchers say that drug-packed “grenades” could be used to help cancer patients. More details

New anti-cancer ‘grenades’ can target drugs at tumours

BRITISH researchers have developed a treatment for cancer-sufferers using drug-packed “grenades” armed with heat-sensitive triggers to target tumours. Read more

Drugs which target cancer directly without harming healthy tissue have been developed by scientists. Read more

The cancer grenade: How tiny bubbles carrying drugs in the blood can blast tumours. Read more


Heat-seeking cancer drugs could target tumours and spare healthy tissue

Bubbles containing cancer drugs which burst on contact with tumours are being developed by scientists. Read more

The cancer grenade: How tiny bubbles carrying drugs in the blood can blast tumours 

Scientists have developed drug ‘grenades’ armed with heat sensitive triggers which promise to revolutionise the war on cancer.Read the article

Scientists develop heat-triggered ‘grenade’ to target cancer

The team will present its findings at the National Cancer Research Institute conference next week. They plan to use liposomes – tiny bubbles of fat which carry materials round the body – to release toxic drugs when their temperature is raised. Read here


Scientists design ‘bio-grenades’ to hit cancer 

British researchers have been working on a potential breakthrough in cancer treatment by creating hit-activated ‘grenades’ that accurately deliver treatment to cancerous tissues and spare healthy cells.Read more




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UK Scientists in Cancer ‘Grenade’ Breakthrough

LONDON:  Scientists in Britain have designed microscopic “grenades” that can explode their cancer-killing load into tumours. The Manchester-based team will present its findings at the National Cancer Research Institute conference in Liverpool next week. Read more


Cancer-fighting ‘grenades’ developed by scientists

Heat-activated “grenades” filled with cancer-fighting drugs have been developed by scientists, in the latest step towards treating the disease. The creation of a heat-activated trigger to release the drugs has been hailed as a way to make sure cancerous tissue, rather than healthy tissue, is targeted.  Read more




Mass media cover President Xi Jinping visit of the National Graphene Institute



The Nanomedicine Lab was one of the few teams selected to describe to President of China Xi Jinping highlights of the work on the
biomedical applications. During the visit Professor Kostarelos described to the President efforts in developing technologies for anticancer drug delivery and tissue engineering using graphene materials. Along with Professor Bartolo the President of China Mr Xi Jinping was presented with a miniature figurine of himself and his wife created by a 3D digital printer that made headlines.

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BBC Radio interviews Dr Servant on biopharmaceutical research using graphene

BBCworldDr Ania Servant was interviewed by the BBC Radio World Service on the potential of graphene as a drug delivery platform. Having worked as an EPSRC Knowledge Exchange Fellow with the National Graphene Institute, Ania was selected to explain more to the BBC ‘Global Business’ programme. Peter Day of the BBC visited the University of Manchester and discussed with Ania about the potential for graphene to change the world of pharmaceuticals.
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Nanomedicine Lab leader’s opinion for the future of the field in TO BHMA, one of the largest national circulation Sunday newspapers in Greece

Featured among 19 top greek scientists…. Read more 


‘Honey, I shrunk the doctor!’ is cover article on the science section of widest circulation Sunday newspaper in Greece


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The cover article for the Science section of the widest circulation Sunday newspaper in Greece To Vima is titled: ‘Honey I shrunk the doctor!’ based our an extensive interview with Prof.Kostarelos on the development of nanomedicine as a field and its inter-relationship with Hollywood and science fiction.


Graphene efforts of the Nanomedicine Lab in Kathimerini article


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Science & Technology section of wide-circulation daily newspaper Kathimerini features our efforts in the Nanomedicine Lab to use graphene material for the treatment of disease in an article titled: ‘High-precision attack against cancer’.


Bloomberg visits Nanomedicine Lab and publishes article on Graphene’s Fantastic Voyage


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Bloomberg visited the University of Manchester and the Nanomedicine Lab for an article on the work carried out as part of the European Commission’s Graphene Flagship project. The article by Bloomberg News reporter Oliver Staley, titled ‘EU Bets a Billion on Fantastic Voyage Exploiting Graphene’ highlighted activities in the Nanomedicine Lab to determine the safety of graphene towards our ultimate goal of using graphene to build nanoscale delivery systems.


Kathimerini ‘Kappa’ interview – one of the most popular Sunday newspaper magazines in Greece


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Interview with Prof. Kostarelos.


The Guardian publishes article ‘What on earth is this nanotech thing and how exactly can it help me?


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The Nanomedicine Lab work was featured in the ‘Building a nanorobot’ discussion.


Science Uncovered article ‘The nano elixir of life’


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A new popular science magazine, titled “Science Uncovered” was introduced this month aiming to explain how the world around us works. The December 2013 Issue of the new magazine featured an article by Katherine Sanderson titled: “The nano elixir of life” which included comments from the interview with Prof.Kostarelos.


Courrier International of Le Monde publishes article

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Courrier International the weekly magazine of Le Monde newspaper publishes in French an article by Prof. Kostarelos, titled: “NANOTECHNOLOGIE: Il nous faut des garde-fous“. That was part of their special issue on Nanotechnology from around the world.


The Financial Times mention Nanomedicine Lab relocation at the University of Manchester

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The Financial Times in their article “Graphene breakthrough shows Manchester’s science credentials” specifically mentions the relocation of the Nanomedicine Lab at the University of Manchester as an example of cross-disciplinary research efforts to translate graphene in biomedicine.


Manchester Evening News on the Nanomedicine Lab relocation

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Manchester Evening News announces features the Nanomedicine Lab relocation at the University of Manchester to contribute to the ongoing graphene research. The announcement was reproduced in various science & social media portals, such as:




Nanomedicine Lab photos feature on Yahoo News and around the world!

The Reuters article “Big drugmakers think small with nanomedicine deals featured the Nanomedicine lab throughout and was reported by some of the world’s leading media groups, particularly in the United States. Check out some of the links below:



Separate to the article, three photo galleries from the Nanomedicine Lab are now published online:



Reuters reports recent pharma deals in nanomedicine

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Reuters, one of the most established global news agency, publishes article titled “Big drugmakers think small with nanomedicine deals” by senior reporter Ben Hirschler, who interviewed Prof. Kostarelos earlier. The article features a series of photographs from the Nanomedicine Lab researches as they work on therapies against cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.


Our post on Small World on The Guardian homepage

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Our post titled  “Nanotechnology: striking a balance between glorification and ‘grey goo” on the new Guardian blog on nanotechnology named Small World was featured on the central homepage of the guardian newspaper.


The Nanomedicine Lab is listed on Bloomberg Businessweek

Bloomberg Businessweek, a top international business magazine, listed Nanomedicine Lab in their Biotechnology section, with link to


A closer look at extending life

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Nanotechnology is revolutionising many aspects of our lives, not least healthcare. But could the technology actually prolong life – and is it safe? David Adam at The Guardian reports on a recent seminar which explored this issue featuring the Nanomedicine Lab.


Living longer and better thanks to nano?

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El-Mundo, the second largest printed and the largest digital ( daily newspaper in Spain, features an article quoting Prof.Kostarelos during the debate at The Guardian headquarters last month.


How nanotechnology can prolong life? A live debate at the Guardian Headquarters

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The Guardian organised and broadcasted live the debate inviting Prof.Kostarelos on a panel of experts including David Willets, Minister for Science and Universities.

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Aiming for Clinical Excellence: Prof. Kostarelos is interviewed for a Guardian article

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Prof. Kostarelos is interviewed by and contributes to James Brooks’s article titled “Aiming for Clinical Excellence” that was published in the electronic edition of The Guardian newspaper of  Saturday 26 November 2011.


Largest German daily interviews Prof. Kostarelos

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Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the largest German national subscription daily newspaper published in Bavaria, interviews Prof.Kostarelos and features the Nanomedicine Lab in their article “Kleine Teile mit großen Unbekannten” (Small parts with great unknown).


Nanorobots in Medicine: article from The Guardian

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UCL School of Pharmacy publishes an extended version of the article Nanorobots in Medicine in its annual magazine ‘Square Roots’. The original article featured in the printed version of The  Guardian annual supplement in nanotechnology.



The Guardian annual supplement on Nanotechnology carries Nanomedicine Lab article

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Prof. Kostarelos was invited to contribute the article titled ‘Nanorobots in Medicine‘ for The Guardian  Supplement in Nanotechnology 2009. He discusses the fact and fiction of ‘miniaturization for medicine’. The supplement was published inside the printed version of the newspaper.


YouTube video by Philips

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Philips publishes video on YouTube illustrating the principle behind localized drug delivery development in the context of the FP7 project SONODRUGS. The video explains briefly the main scope of the project while the description gives more details about it. The Nanomedicine Lab is a workpackage leader in SONODRUGS.


The Independent selects an image of Breast Cancer Cells from the Nanomedicine Lab

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In a general article on cancer The Independent shows an image of Breast Cancer from the Nanomedicine Lab. This image was awarded with the Wellcome Trust Image Award earlier this year.


Welcome Trust Image Awards

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Images from The Nanomedicine Lab research have been recognised with the Wellcome Trust Image Awards this year. The three winning images will enter the Wellcome Collection.


Nanomedicine Video Game

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The Nanomedicine Lab teamed up with video game maker PlayGen to make the first Nanomedicine Video Game, to help educate and develop tomorrow’s scientists.

Try a module of the Nanomedicine Video Game yourselves!


The Times supplement on Nanotechnology

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The Times published a supplement on Nanotechnology, featuring an article by Prof. Kostarelos. The article explains the role nanoconstructs can play in exploring, preventing, diagnosing, treating and monitoring cancer.


Nanomedicine Lab work features in Dutch Newspaper

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The NRC Handelsblad featured our article recently published in Nature Nanotechnology, that explains how nanotubes with small molecules attached can pierce cells like needles without damaging the cells.



United Press International interviews Prof. Kostarelos and refers to our work in their “Nano World: Making safer carbon nanotubes” article.

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With the article “Nano World: Making safer carbon nanotubes” published in Feb. 23 2006 in Science News section, United Press International (UPI) presents the work done in the Nanomedicine lab and interviewes Prof. Kostarelos.


CBC Canada features Prof. Kostarelos interview at BBC World

The BBC World “Science in Action” programme, with Prof. Kostarelos’ interview on Carbon Naotube drug delivery, featured in the webpage of the Canadian TV Channel CBC, where interesting radio programs from around the world were presented.


Science in Action – interview

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In ‘Science in Action’ programme of the BBC World Service Prof. Kostarelos is interviewed by John Stewart on the potential to attach anticancer drugs to nanoneedles and thus target the cancer cells without killing healthy cells.


The Leading Edge – interview

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In ‘The Leading Edge’ of BBC Radio 4, Professor Kostarelos is interviewed by Geoff Watts and explains how CNTs can be used as delivery systems in cancer treatment.


Science Fiction and Science Reality

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The Times publish an article by Prof. Kostarelos  titled ‘Innerspace Travel’. Prof Kostarelos compares the universe of science fiction movies to that of nanoscience and points out how easy it is to get excited about the potential applications of the evolving field of nanoscience.


United Press International refers to the Nanomedicine Lab work in their article “Nano World: How nanotubes enter cells “

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With the article “Nano World: How nanotubes enter cells ” published in Dec. 20 2005, in Science News section, United Press International (UPI) presents the work done in the Nanomedicine lab on cellular uptake of and drug delivery via carbon nanotubes.