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Title: Development of vertical SU-8 microtubes integrated with dissolvable tips for transdermal drug delivery
Authors: Xiang, Z.
Wang, H.
Pant, A.
Pastorin, G. 
Lee, C. 
Issue Date: 5-Apr-2013
Citation: Xiang, Z., Wang, H., Pant, A., Pastorin, G., Lee, C. (2013-04-05). Development of vertical SU-8 microtubes integrated with dissolvable tips for transdermal drug delivery. Biomicrofluidics 7 (2) : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Polymer-based microneedles have drawn much attention in the transdermal drug delivery resulting from their flexibility and biocompatibility. Traditional fabrication approach deploys various kinds of molds to create sharp tips at the end of needles for the penetration purpose. This approach is usually time-consuming and expensive. In this study, we developed an innovative fabrication process to make biocompatible SU-8 microtubes integrated with biodissolvable maltose tips as novel microneedles for the transdermal drug delivery applications. These microneedles can easily penetrate the skin's outer barrier represented by the stratum corneum (SC) layer. The drug delivery device of mironeedles array with 1000 μm spacing between adjacent microneedles is proven to be able to penetrate porcine cadaver skins successfully. The maximum loading force on the individual microneedle can be as large as 7.36 ± 0.48N. After 9 min of the penetration, all the maltose tips are dissolved in the tissue. Drugs can be further delivered via these open biocompatible SU-8 microtubes in a continuous flow manner. The permeation patterns caused by the solution containing Rhodamine 110 at different depths from skin surface were characterized via a confocal microscope. It shows successful implementation of the microneedle function for fabricated devices. © 2013 American Institute of Physics.
Source Title: Biomicrofluidics
ISSN: 19321058
DOI: 10.1063/1.4798471
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