Soon, cheap nanopatch to deliver vaccines sans injections

Updated: Jun 14, 2013, 12:24 PM IST

Washington: A scientist has created a Nanopatch, which can be made for less than 1 dollar, and is capable of delivering vaccinations without any injections.

Pofessor Mark Kendall said at the TEDGlobal event in Edinburgh that he hopes that the Nanopatch, which uses only a hundredth of the vaccine dose delivered by syringes will be used in the developing world, the Independent reported.

Speaking to the BBC, he said that with the help of his nanopatch, the price of a vaccine that costs 10 dollars can be brought down to just 10 cents.

The patch substitutes the single point of an injection for thousands of tiny projections perforating the skin.

Contrary to traditional vaccinations that are liquid and must be kept refrigerated when in storage, the novel patch can be kept at 23 C for a year.

This patch has till now only been tested to administer flu vaccine at Kendall`s university in Queensland, but tests will soon start in Papua New Guinea to help treat the human papilloma virus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer.