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Israel Develops Personalized Nanotech Cancer Treatment

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Eli Varon, a Ph.D. student at Bar-Ilan University (school pic)

An Israeli scientist from Bar Ilan University is working on a way to use nanotechnology – nanotech – for new personalized cancer treatment. The new tech uses light-sensitive nanoparticles followed by a predictive machine learning model in order to tailor a cancer treatment that meets the specific cancer an individual has.

Eli Varon is a Ph.D. student at Bar-Ilan University’s Faculty of Engineering whose research focuses on developing a technology that will significantly improve the effectiveness of cancer treatment. “This is a personalized technology based on the use light sensitive nanoparticles that is followed by a predictive machine learning model,” he boasts.

Varon holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree with honors in biotechnology, is currently an engineering doctoral candidate and has been a researcher at Bar Ilan’s Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials since 2016.

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Not all cancers are alike. Even the same types of cancers = heart, lung etc. – are not alike. This is part of the reason why it is so hard to treat the disease. So, many scientists are currently working on new forms of treatment that can be developed to the needs of the individual patient.

Nanotech is defined as the use of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale for industrial purposes and it can also be used for medical treatments. Because it works on the smallest level it can find exactly what distinguishes each cancer from one another.

Israel Startup Nation is known for its high tech breakthroughs. But Israel has also been known for its scientific and medical breakthroughs. Already in August, scientists from the Tel Aviv and Haifa Universities found a way to facilitate speedy, objective, and accurate diagnosis of people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD using saliva samples. And also this month researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a method that employs musical tests and a portable instrument for measuring brain activity to detect cognitive decline in old age.

Not only that, but August has also seen other breakthroughs in cancer treatments. First, researchers at Tel Aviv University and the University of Lisbon have jointly identified and synthesized a small molecule that could be a more accessible and effective alternative to an antibody that is successfully used to treat a range of cancers. And this is not the first one to use nanotechnology. Eliana Steinberg is a 28-year-old Israeli scientist who is using her expertise in nanotechnology to develop new treatments for cancer.

Eli Varon said that his goal is to create a personalized medical treatment with nanotechnology radiation that will be more accurate and efficient for cancer patients.

“Based on my results, we can now provide a machine learning based personal prediction model in a combined nanotechnology radiation treatment. The model will offer laser power combined with radiation duration that will maximize the efficiency of the treatment and the safety of the patient,” he said.



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