UW-Madison scientists, inspired by old bones, find new strategy for drug delivery

UW-Madison scientists, inspired by proteins found intact in centuries-old human bones, created a mineral coating that mimics bone and appears to keep proteins stable.

“What’s needed is a delivery system that remains localized, releases the protein over an extended time frame and keeps the protein active,” said William Murphy, a UW-Madison professor of biomedical engineering.

Murphy and his colleagues, including Xiaohua Yu of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, reported on their mineral coating — constructed at the miniature level of biology known as the nanoscale — in this week’s edition of the journal Advanced Materials. Read full article here.  Read full paper here