Next Steps for the Self-Righting Insulin Pill
Will diabetes treatment be revolutionized by the drug delivery capsule inspired by the geometry of the leopard tortoise?
Jonathan James | | Quick Read
For type 1 diabetes patients, multiple daily injections are an unpleasant reality. But discomfort is not the only problem. “Such medication often needs to be refrigerated. Not only that, there is also a stigma associated with injections – and you create a lot of bio-waste,” says MIT’s Alex Abramson. “There is a huge preference for oral delivery of biologics.” Unfortunately, poor absorption and rapid degradation in the gastro-intestinal tract have made efficient oral delivery of insulin (and other biologics) challenging to say the least.
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