Australian needle-free system demonstrates potential for delivering Covid-19 vaccine


Brisbane-based biotech company Vaxxas has announced evidence their delivery patches show potential in administering Covid-19 vaccine.

Preclinical research published on preprint repository BioRxiv showed “significantly enhanced T-cell and spike-specific antibody responses” versus needle-and-syringe delivery in an animal model, and  “complete protection from COVID-19 by a single dose skin patch”  in a relevant COVID-19 animal model. 

“We designed this research to address the serious on-going need to improve the global vaccination efforts against COVID-19 and future pandemics. Based on our results, we believe that Vaxxas’ HD-MAP could offer a compelling solution that importantly could use less vaccine and potentially could be readily distributed without refrigeration for self-administration,” said principal researcher David A. Muller of The University of Queensland.

“This combination could make the HD-MAP extremely well suited to support the massive need for global population vaccination and, indeed, we believe that HD-MAP offers a superior alternative to conventional needle-and-syringe.”  

The research was funded by the Queensland government and Vaxxas, and also showed the vaccine — “a recombinant SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein, termed HexaPro” — remained stable for at least 30 days at a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.

Vaxxas was established in 2011 to commercialise its HD-MAP platform, formerly known as “Nanopatch.” This is a needle micro-array concept used to painlessly administer dry vaccines, developed by Professor Mark Kendall and his team. 

It operates out of Brisbane’s Translational Research Institute.

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