OCT 09, 2023 12:39 PM PDT

Suction Patches Inspired by Octopi Unlock New Possibilities in Drug Discovery

WRITTEN BY: Greta Anne

In the realm of pharmaceuticals and medical research, innovation often lies at the intersection of science and engineering. A groundbreaking study, "Suction Patch Loading with Surrogate and Application Ex Vivo” recently published in Science, has unveiled a remarkable advancement in drug delivery systems. This research introduces suction patches as a novel method for delivering therapeutic compounds, offering the potential to transform the way we administer drugs.

One of the most exciting aspects of this research is the creation of suction patches as a drug delivery mechanism. These patches are designed to adhere to biological surfaces, such as mucosal tissues (think inside of your mouth, your nose, etc.) This adherence is achieved through a combination of innovative materials, including polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), which form the patch's structure. 

The scientists loaded suction patches with various substances, such as Cy5 (a fluorescent dye) and Q-dots (highly charged quantum dots), at different concentrations. They observed that these patches were able to retain and release drugs as needed. By applying a vacuum to the patches, they were able to fine-tune the drug release process, ensuring optimal delivery rates. 

Additionally, the study employed sophisticated techniques to quantify drug penetration depth, which ultimately revealed that these patches were able to deliver drugs to the desired depth all while minimizing potential side effects and optimizing therapeutic outcomes.

Moving beyond laboratory settings, the study ventured into pharmacokinetics, exploring the patches' performance in live subjects. The researchers conducted experiments with drugs like desmopressin and semaglutide in beagle dogs. Again, the patches were able to demonstrate their remarkable ability to deliver drugs with precision, offering potential advantages over traditional administration methods.

The journey from the laboratory to real-world human applications may take time, but the implications of this research are profound. As we continue to explore the potential of suction patches, we move one step closer to a future where drug delivery is not just efficient but also highly targeted, ushering in a new era of personalized medicine. 

Sources: Science

About the Author
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Greta is currently a writer at Labroots and a 3rd year Doctor of Pharmacy student, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. Innovation is her passion, especially when it comes to pharma, entrepreneurship, science, and art. She is hoping to pursue a career in pharma while also fostering her creative initiatives.
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