Gently administering drugs with a membrane containing active ingredients -- MEDICA Trade Fair

Gently administering drugs with a membrane containing active ingredients

Interview with Dr. Luciano F. Boesel, Group Leader for "Medical Textiles" at Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)

Injections are not popular with either children or adults. For years, researchers have therefore been looking for a way to administer drugs in a gentler manner. Swiss scientists now developed a membrane that releases active ingredients under ultraviolet light. It could revolutionize how drugs and vaccines are being administered.

02/09/2015

Photo: Luciano F. Boesel

Dr. Boesel is interested in the development of non-invasive body-monitoring sensors based on optical fibers, fluorescent textiles, and responsive membranes; © EMPA

Photo: Caffeine permeability of the membrane

Visible light is not able to activate the functional group (left), whereas UV light can do so (right). As a result it is possible to create a plaster which, upon UV-activation, can deliver a dose of medication; © EMPA

Photo: pink bird on top of the membrane

A membrane irradiated through a mask. A pink bird is visible, showing where the UV light has reached the membrane and activated it; © EMPA

Photo: Melanie Günther; Copyright: B. Frommann

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