A Capitol Region woman who takes aspirin for frequent headaches asked her doctor one day, “Where does the aspirin go?” The doctor replied that the aspirin goes everwhere in the body–including the stomach.
And that’s not a particularly good thing.
At Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, visible from I-90, scientists and engineers take a different look at where medicines should go in the body.
Inside this futuristic-looking complex, by isolating small substances called nanoparticles, scientists are working to develop medicines that are smaller, lighter, and more heat conductive. These properties make things more effective, such as:
- band-aids with targeted medications for faster healing
- thermometer-like devices that check much more than temperature, for faster diagnoses and treatments
- devices that better detect cancer and deliver medications to specific sites
- interventions that may restore sight for the blind or limbs for amputees
Scientists and engineers at the college are also developing methods and applications to protect crops, heat our homes more efficiently, and protect our troops with more effective camouflage.
This work, happening now in the Capitol Region, is not small scale, but a huge effort funded by the government and private industries. The promises: jobs in the short run, opportunities for investors, and a better world with improved medicine and technologies down the road.
Thirty years ago, had anyone heard of an iPhone, let alone a personal computer?
On one of his recent visits to Albany, President Obama said the college, “I want what’s happening here to happen across America.”
Dave Balog teaches money basics to Capitol Region families and businesses. firstname.lastname@example.org, 355-0967