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Iran unveils nano-medicine for cancer
Tue Oct 4, 2011 5:22AM
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The Islamic Republic of Iran has unveiled a number of new nanotechnology products, including a nano-medicine that can effectively treat cancer, Press TV reports.

Four hi-tech nanotechnology laboratory tools and a nano-medicine were unveiled during a Monday ceremony in Tehran, just two days before the country's fourth international nanotechnology festival (Iran Nano 2011), with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in attendance.

President Ahmadinejad hailed the efforts made by societies and researchers who have managed to break the Western monopoly on hi-tech nano products.

Despite political pressures and economic sanctions imposed on Tehran, Iranian scientists have made great advancement and taken impressive steps in nano technology.

The products are a nano-capillary electrophoresis that makes the study and identification of single molecules possible, a nano-spectrometer that can help identify the properties of different chemical compounds, a deep reactive-ion etching (DRIE) that can deposit thin films of material to produce nanostructures, a high resolution nano-imaging system that can provide images to show how the bodies of animals react to new drug in vivo testing, and a nano-drug that can effectively cure cancer.

Seyyed Mehdi Rezayat, the project manager of the cancer drug, told Press TV that the nano-medicine is produced in just a single country with a price tag of almost $2000, adding, “Now, patients in Iran can get it for half to one third of that price.”

Mohammad-Reza Ja'fari, a professor at Mashhad University, said that doxorubicin, a compound that destroys cancer tumors, has terrible side effects, but the nano-liposome structure of the new drug only targets the tumors and not the body's healthy cells.

About 150 governmental and private firms will participate in the exhibition, scheduled to open from October five to nine, and will showcase their achievements in the field of nanotechnology.

Iran began investing in nanotechnology back in 2001 by launching a major program in the field.

In a short while the country climbed to the first rank in production of nano-science and nano-materials in the region as well as the Muslim world. About 65 Iranian universities and scientific institutions have entered the field, along with 130 Iranian companies.

According to the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC), the country is among a very few nations across the globe with a National Nanotechnology Plan.

Priorities of the ten-year plan are based around contributing to the areas of energy, health, environment, water, materials, and construction.

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