Researchers at IIT Kharagpur’s Dept. of Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering have developed a transdermal drug delivery and vaccination device capable of administering large and viscous drug molecules in a painless way. The innovation by IIT Kharagpur has reduced the diameter size of the microneedles and increased the strength to withstand the skin resistive forces. The device would find extensive use in any form of transdermal medication. The micropump fabrication and design further enables increased the flow rate of the drug molecules in a controlled and precise manner. Typical use could be achieved in insulin delivery or medication for diseases of the lymphatic system, skin including some forms of cancer, or even COVID-19 vaccine said research lead Prof. Tarun Kanti Bhattacharyya. The drug delivery device has been successfully tested with animals as per medical protocol. The researchers have also filed for a patent in India and published the research in IEEE and Nature journals. The research for this innovation was funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Dept. of Science of Technology, Govt. of India.
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