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Parameswara Rao Vuddanda, researcher at Luleå University of Technology, Javier O Morales, assistant professor of pharmacy at the University of Chile, Sitaram Velaga, professor of pharmacy at Luleå University of Technology, and Soledad Francisca Montero Padilla, master student from the University of Chile. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Project develops personalized medicines

Published: 10 May 2016

Imagine a printer that prints your medication with dosage adjusted for you on a thin sheet of paper that melts in your mouth. It is the vision of researchers at Luleå University of Technology and the University of Chile, who have begun a joint project to enable personalized medicine.

– In this project we work with the technology. We learn from each other and hopefully this is the start of a long-term cooperation, says Sitaram Velaga, Professor of Pharmacy at Luleå University of Technology.

For years, University of Chile has conducted research in the technology that prints the personalized medicine and they are experts in the field. In turn, Researchers in Pharmacy at Luleå University of Technology share their knowledge and experiences on the polymer film, the sheet of cellulose that the medicine is printed on.

Personalized dosage

The visionary concept is that the cartridges filled with medicine are loaded into the printer.. It reads the prescription and personal information and adjusts the dosage. The medicine is printed on the polymeric film, which is placed on the tongue to melt. The vision of personalized medicine is also to reduce side effects.

Visitors from Chile

Javier O Morales, assistant Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Chile, recently visited Luleå University of Technology.

– We hope that we achieve the results and targets we have set for the project, and that this leads to bigger opportunities for cooperation that we started with Luleå University of Technology, says Javier Morales O.

The project has started in February 2016 and lasts for one year. It is funded by the Foundation for the internationalization of higher education and research.

Printing of drugs tested

Since a few weeks back, master student Soledad Francisca Montero Padilla, University of Chile, is doing her thesis work at Luleå University of Technology. Until August she will conduct tests to print medicines. Sitaram Velaga and Javier O Morales supervise her thesis.

– It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to come to this university environment. In Chile, parts of the university are spread out over the whole city. This university structure means that students have the opportunity to use several different tools to conduct their experiments, says Professor Javier O Morales.

– I am very impressed by the facilities available here. I hope all goes well with my project and I can come back to continue my research in this area, Soledad Francisca Montero Padilla continues.

Cooperation with good results

This fall, Sitaram Velaga and his university colleague Parameswara Rao Vuddanda will go to Chile to follow up and discuss new goals.

– I am very happy that we already have come this far and we hope that it opens up opportunities for extended collaboration. This collaboration can yield good results in the field, says Sitaram Velaga.