Philips, University of Urbino ink contrast deal

Philips Healthcare sister unit Philips Research and the University of Urbino in Italy have signed a research agreement to study the development of long-retention-time contrast agents.

During the collaboration, the University of Urbino will investigate the integration of magnetic nanoparticles into red blood cells and their biological interactions in the human body, while Philips Research will evaluate the properties of these contrast agents in its medical scanners, according to Philips of Andover, MA.

The collaboration is expected to last for approximately two and a half years, with expected initial applications in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

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