Byrne to discuss engineering of drug delivery carriers

Published: Aug 29, 2008 7:09:16 AM
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Mark Byrne

Mark Byrne

Mark Byrne, assistant professor in Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering, will present, "Structural and Molecular Biology in the Rational Engineering of Drug Delivery Carriers," on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 3 p.m. in Textile Building 104. His lecture is part of the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering's fall seminar series.

Byrne's research and teaching expertise includes therapeutic and diagnostic biomedical devices, recognitive networks for sensing drug delivery, functional intelligent polymeric films and networks and bionanotechnology. His group has invented a number of novel contact lenses that deliver medications to the surface of the eye, an improvement over standard eye drops.

After winning the Alabama Launchpad competition in 2007, Byrne launched OcuMedic, a drug delivery and medical device company that creates polymer films which allow increased loading and delayed release of medications. Part of OcuMedic's mission is to create therapeutic contact lens products that can deliver medication for extended periods, addressing the need for more effective ocular drug delivery.