Nanopatch : Vaccination Without Syringe

A scientist from Brisbane (Australia) is preparing a clinical trial for the use of a tool to vaccinate cheaper to children. And more importantly is it does not use needles.

Professor Mark Kendall is the inventor Nanopatch - a small patch, smaller than a postage stamp, but containing thousands of tiny dots that can only be seen under a microscope. Small dots is what will bring in the vaccine into the skin surface.

According to the Brisbane Times, Thursday (04/18/2013), during the last nine years, Kendall and his team who provides international researchers working to create a vaccine without a needle tool in the laboratory. Basically, this technology was made to incorporate the vaccine into the body of the children, without the use of needles.

Now it costs three times injection vaccine is 50 Australian dollars (about $ 500 thousand) and with the new technology, it costs only 50 cents (approximately USD 50 thousand).

October, Kendall will conduct clinical trials in Papua New Guinea.

Nanopatch almost like the technology of Star Trek. "In plain view, it looks like a small patch. Yet if we look under the microscope, there are thousands of a sharp point, where the vaccine was applied," said Kendall. "When attached, the sharp point will break the surface of the skin and send it to thousands of vaccine cells in the body."

According to Kendall, the patient with this process, especially the kids will not feel pain, and also do not be afraid because there are no needles involved. It also said that vaccinates using nanopatch this will be cheaper than the vaccine using syringe because the nano does not need to be placed in the refrigerator.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared their worried that the vaccine is not effective in today's world because in many third world are not stored in the refrigerator. "We've proved that Nanopatch not need to be stored in a cool place. From experiments with mice, the dose does not need to be big. So with that, the two major problems spread of vaccination in the developing world can be overcome," said Kendall.