Personalized nano-therapeutics: candidates for 3D printing?
Director, Life Sciences Institute, University of British Columbia
Dr. Cullis and co-workers have been responsible for fundamental advances in the generation, loading and targeting of lipid nanoparticle (LNP) systems for intravenous delivery of small molecule drugs and macromolecular drugs such as small interfering RNA (siRNA). This work has contributed to three drugs that have been approved by regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Europe for the treatment of cancer and its complications. Dr. Cullis has co-founded ten biotechnology companies, has published over 300 scientific articles and is an inventor on over 60 patents. He also co-founded the BC Personalized Medicine Initiative in 2012, which now has 10 projects underway to implement molecularly based medicine into clinical practice in BC. Dr. Cullis has received many awards and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2004 and was awarded the Prix Galien, Canada’s premier prize for achievements in pharmaceutical R&D, in 2011. In 2015 Dr. Cullis published “The Personalized Medicine Revolution: How Diagnosing and Treating Disease are About to Change Forever.”