Ocular Nanotechnology Drug Delivery
Cynthia Turner, CMI
Alexander & Turner Inc. Medical Illustration Studio
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, USA
Of the many types of nanocarriers, nanoparticles are the most common for ocular therapeutics due to their biocompatibility and their capacity to be loaded with drugs and gene therapies. Chemically attached, embedded, or encapsulated in the nanocarrier lies the actual pharmaceutical agent or gene therapy. A conceptual illustration highlighting four types of nanotechnology-based ocular drug delivery systems delivering their payloads to the back of the eye, clockwise starting at noon: nanopolymer, nanoemulsion, nanomicelle, and liposome.
The image will be used on the cover of Eyenet, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, on the occasion of their annual meeting and special annual issue. The Art Director specified a science fiction futuristic feel, with lots of pop and flair.