MyLife Technologies, a University of Twente spin-off, has developed a skin patch to painlessly administer vaccines in lower doses.
The vaccine reaches the immune cells through the micro needles in the patch. The method is painless and moreover less vaccine is needed than when administered via an injection needle into the muscle. The patch is suitable for the administration of vaccines for the prevention of flu, but also for therapeutic vaccines such as cancer immunotherapy.
Fear of needles
With this administration form MyLife Technologies came up with a solution for children and for people with fear of needles. The patch is expected to be available in 2021 in Dutch drugstores and pharmacies.
Soluble micro needles
Previously, researchers of the Osaka University in Japan also developed a patch containing micro needles that dissolve in the skin, allowing vaccines to be administered more easily and effectively.