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West recently attended the 5th International Conference on Microneedles at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada May 29 – June 1. The event included attendees from across the globe and provided a multi-day microneedle overview on various topics such as Global Vaccination Challenges, Diagnostics & Wearables, Needs & Opportunities, Commercialization and Regulatory Adoption, to name a few. Of particular interest, Dr. Yotam Levin, CEO of NanoPass Technologies Ltd., a West strategic business partner, presented and chaired a session titled “Vaccines and Immunotherapy.”
As a variety of speakers representing organizations such as WHO, CDC, Gates Foundation, and PATH spoke about challenges to immunization, common themes emerged, such as:
West offers several devices that meet these challenges. The West Intradermal Adapter is a snap-on guiding device designed to help reduce the need for a skilled administrator when performing an intradermal injection with a syringe. West’s Administration System devices provide needle-free solutions to reconstitute and transfer lyophilized and powdered drugs. Through our business partner NanoPass Technologies Ltd., the MicronJet600™ (microneedle system) addresses concerns around both injection pain and needle phobia, as well as reducing the skill level needed for a successful and reliable intradermal delivery.
The conference concluded with a panel discussion moderated by an FDA representative to review the needs and opportunities around the use of microneedles. West’s Dr. Alex Lyness, (Mgr. Research and Technology, Innovations R&D) was one of four industry panelists, including representatives from GSK, Merck and L’Oreal, invited by the conference to participate in this discussion.
MicronJet600™ is a trademark of NanoPass Technologies Ltd.