Patent Number: 7,133,725

Title: Method and related composition employing nanostructures

Abstract: A composition of microscopic devices utilizable in a medical diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. Each microscopic device includes a nanostructure provided with a ligand for effectively coupling the nanostructure to a predetermined chemical or molecular site. A medical method in part comprises inserting the medical devices into a patient, attaching the nanostructures via the respective ligands to instances of a predetermined type of target structure inside the patient, and thereafter activating the nanostructures to perform a preselected medical diagnostic or therapeutic function.

Inventors: Stirbl; Robert C. (Pasadena, CA), Snead; Malcolm L. (Valencia, CA), Xu; Jimmy (Providence, RI), Vitetta; Ellen S. (Dallas, TX), Wilk; Peter J. (New York, NY)

Assignee: Wilk Patent Development Corporation

International Classification: A61N 5/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00