Researchers Develop Skin Patch That Can Deliver Vaccines

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 16:15

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a fast-acting skin patch that efficiently delivers medication to attack melanoma cells.

According to the ACS report, the device, tested in mice and human skin samples, is an advance toward developing a vaccine to treat melanoma and has widespread applications for other vaccines.

The researchers will present their findings today at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall 2019 National Meeting and Exposition.

“Our patch has a unique chemical coating and mode of action that allows it to be applied and removed from the skin in just a minute while still delivering a therapeutic dose of drugs,” says Yanpu He, a graduate student who helped develop the device. “Our patches elicit a robust antibody response in living mice and show promise in eliciting a strong immune response in human skin.”

“Our patch technology could be used to deliver vaccines to combat different infectious diseases,” Paula T. Hammond, Ph.D., says. “But we are excited by the possibility that the patch is another tool in the oncologists’ arsenal against cancer, specifically melanoma.”

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