BioInsights - Developing a microneedle patch for vaccine delivery

Developing a microneedle patch for vaccine delivery

Vaccine Insights 2022; 1(2), 121–125

DOI: 10.18609/vac.2022.019

Published: 19 June 2022
Thanh Duc Nguyen

The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed longstanding interest in alternatives to injection for vaccine delivery. We caught up with Thanh Nguyen to find out more about a new microneedle patch that promises to deliver multiple doses of vaccine with a single application.

Thanh Nguyen is Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut (UConn), a position he has held since 2016. He completed his postdoc with Professor Robert Langer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he developed a platform technology that can create three-dimensional microstructures of biomaterials such as biodegradable safe polymers (used in many FDA-approved devices) for applications in vaccine/drug delivery and medical implants. He obtained his PhD from Princeton University in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2013).