New $1 patch can deliver vaccines without injections
Friday, June 14, 2013
Speaking last night at the TEDGlobal event in Edinburgh, Pofessor Mark Kendall discussed his new Nanopatch invention that delivers vaccinations without the need for injections.
Kendall hopes that the Nanopatch, which can be made for less than $1 and uses only a hundredth of the vaccine dose delivered by syringes, will find use in the developing world. “A vaccine that had cost $10 [£6.40] can be brought down to just 10 cents,” said Kendall, speaking to the BBC.
The Nanopatch works by substituting the single point of the needle for thousands of tiny projections that perforate the skin. “The projections on the nanopatch work with the skin’s immune system. We target these cells that reside just a hair’s breadth from the surface of the skin,” said Kendall.
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