Some materials scientists are developing new systems of drug delivery to attack cancers, others are designing monitoring systems to track tumor growth and shrinkage, others have created new surgical instruments to remove tumors without harm to the surrounding body.


Michael J. Cima

David H. Koch Professor of Engineering; Co-Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative; Faculty Director, Lemelson-MIT Program

Ceramics; Cancer; Implants; Nanotechnology


Helping blood cells regenerate after radiation therapy

Patients with blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma are often treated by irradiating their bone marrow to destroy the diseased cells. After the treatment, patients are vulnerable to infection and fatigue until new blood cells grow back. MIT researchers have now devised a way to…