Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Silk microneedles present new opportunities for vaccine delivery

In the past, biodegradable microneedles  have not been an option for drug delivery due to the lack of biomaterials that can properly deliver these types of drugs.  However, researchers in the United States have discovered that using a protein in silk called fibron can be used to deliver a wide range of compounds that also don't have to be refrigerated when stored.

According to InPharam: In contrast, fibroin microneedles can be made with relative ease at normal temperature and pressure, which allows sensitive drugs such as antibiotics and enzymes to be delivered via the technology. Furthermore, the rate of drug release can be fine-tuned by adjusting the processing and drying of the silk protein.

At the 16th Annual Drug Delivery Partnerships, a track focused on Novel Drug Delivery Technology and Partnering Case Studies examines many of the partnerships that are taking place in order to develop and delivery drugs via patches.  Join these professionals January 25-27 in Las Vegas, NV.  For more information on the program, visit the webpage.  Also, as a reader of this blog, you receive 25% off the standard rate when you register and mention code XP1778BLOG!

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