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Department of Biomedical Engineering

Sonke Svenson

Professor of the Practice

Sonke Svenson

Professor of the Practice

Phone 617-627-2580
Science & Technology Center
4 Colby Street Medford, MA
Research: 
drug delivery, oncology, nanomedicine, bioavailability enhancement, non-GMO agro science
Biography: 

Sonke Svenson received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, Germany. He held postdoctoral positions at Purdue, Northwestern, and Princeton Universities, focusing on the synthesis and self-assembly of lipids and polymers for biomedical applications. His professional achievements include the development of scalable particle engineering techniques to improve the solubility of drugs (BioAqueousSM Solubilization, The Dow Chemical Company, 2000) and the development of a novel dendrimer platform with improved performance and cost profile (Dendritic Nanotechnologies, 2003). He built and led teams developing polymer-drug and polymer-siRNA conjugates with controlled release kinetics (Cerulean Pharma, 2008); developed high throughput protocols for RNA delivery (Preceres LLC, 2013); and formulations for RNA species-specific treatments (GreenLight Biosciences, 2016). In 2017, he became the managing director for NanoCarrier Co., Ltd., Japan, building business relations to pharma and biotech companies in the US and EU. His current focus is on providing expertise in drug delivery and formulation challenges for small molecule drugs as well as biomolecules as the founder of Drug Delivery Solutions LLC.

Education: 
Ph.D., Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Free University Berlin
M.S., Chemistry, Christian-Albrechts University
B.S., Chemistry, Christian-Albrechts University
Research Interests: 

In general, Sonke Svenson's research interests are focused on structure formation in water based on the self-assembly of lipids, surfactants, and polymers to form nanoparticles, liposomes, micelles, colloids, dendrimers, hydrogels, or fibrous structures. The applications of these structures span a wide range, from drug delivery and enhanced bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs in nanomedicine to the treatment of insect and plant pests in agro sciences to technical applications like oil recovery. The active molecules in these applications can be small organic molecules, polymers, and biomolecules such as RNAs and peptides.

Professional Memberships: 
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Controlled Release Society (CRS)
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)
German-American Business Council of Boston (GABC)