New Paradigm for Killing Deep-Seated Tumors without Harming Normal Tissue
Cancer drug molecules are linked to Scintillating NanoCrystals. Because the drug molecules are physically linked (bound) to the Scintillating NanoCrystals, they are inactive, locked into position, and cannot behave as drug molecules unless and until they are “unlinked” from the Scintillating NanoCrystals. When the Scintillating NanoCrystals are excited by even a very low dose of externally administered radiation, they fluoresces (”light up”), breaking their linkers that bind the drug molecules to them and, as a result, the previously inactive drug molecules become active at the tumor.
The Scintillating NanoCrystals platform was invented by scientists at UCSD’s Moores Cancer Center. The invention of Scintillating NanoCrystals took three years to develop at UCSD. Proof of concept was certified by Dr. Stephen Derenzo, one of the world’s foremost radiation dosimetrists, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.