Nanospectra Biosciences is working on products to assist in tumor ablation therapy using nano-particles.
AuroLase Therapy utilizes the unique “optical tunability” of a new class of nanoparticles that can convert light into heat to thermally destroy a solid tumor. These particles (AuroShell® particles, also referred to as nanoshells in scientific literature) are designed to absorb near-infrared wavelengths of light that can harmlessly penetrate human tissue. The particles are delivered intravenously and will accumulate in the tumor. The tumor is then illuminated with a near-infrared laser. The particles will selectively absorb the laser energy, converting the light into heat which will thermally destroy the tumor and the blood vessels supplying it without significant damage to surrounding healthy tissue.