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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.
For more information on West’s solutions and services in support of intradermal drug delivery and microneedle technologies, please visit our intradermal delivery page on our website.
MicronJet600™ is a trademark of NanoPass Technologies Ltd.