I grew up in the rice bowl in Southern Vietnam, part of the Mekong Delta where just about everyone worked in the rice industry. After completing a PhD in nano-medicine at UNSW, Sydney I was part of a team that discovered a way to use nanoparticles to deliver anticancer drugs to target cancer cells whilst leaving the good cells alone.
One afternoon in the lab researching the history of cancer drugs in humans to select a drug to use in an experiment, I come to realise anticancer drugs and pesticide share many characteristics such poor water solubility and off-target toxicity. It got me thinking. If we are developing nanoparticles to promote chemicals to targeted cancer cells in the human body, why can't we do the same for agrochemicals and reduce the effects of harmful chemicals to our environment. With the support of Prof Justin Gooding and UNSW, I founded the start-up company called “Nanosoils”.
Nanosoils is incubated by Department of Primary Industries, the GATE program and accelerated by Sparklabs Cultiv8.
Scientia Professor J. Justin Gooding
Editor-in-Chief, ACS Sensors
ARC Australian Laureate Fellow
Founding Co-Director, New South Wales Smart Sensing Network
Founding Co-Director, The Australian Centre for NanoMedicine
School of Chemistry