Dozens of groundbreaking inventions have been born at UNC-Chapel Hill, several of them in the medical world.
Among them is Joe DeSimone’s nanoparticle drug delivery, a breakthrough using the world’s tiniest man-made particles that could revolutionize cancer treatment. Equally revolutionary is longtime former medical faculty member Etta Pisano’s low-dose x-ray machine, which captures higher-quality images while emitting less radiation than a standard machine.
More than 50 companies based on Carolina inventions have been launched, too. Pharmacy professor Anthony Hickey and Timm Crowder, Ph.D., turned their invention of a dry powder inhaler into a company called Oriel Therapeutics, which now holds eight patents.
These are just a few of UNC-Chapel Hill’s advancements that are making the world a healthier place. For more info about UNC inventions, patents and research, visit the Office of Technology Development.