NanoPass shares proprietary MicronJet microneedle to assist in development of a Covid-19 vaccine

NanoPass is sharing its proprietary MicronJet microneedle device with leading vaccine and immunotherapy companies around the world to assist in development of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The NanoPass device targets immune cells of the skin by harnessing the skin’s potent immune system to improve vaccines and/or to dramatically reduce the dose while achieving the same immunity.

“The human skin is our first layer of defence against many infectious diseases,” says Yotam Levin, MD, CEO of NanoPass. “The skin contains specialized Dendritic Cells that process and induce strong immune responses – that’s why microneedle injections enable reduction of vaccine doses by five-fold, thereby reducing overall cost, required capacity and production time. We believe a reliable injection into the skin is critical for successful activation of broad and effective immune responses, which should be explored for most injectable vaccines.”

The company’s technology is supported by more than 55 completed/ongoing clinical studies with various vaccines and vaccine platforms, including H1N1, H5N1 and live attenuated VZV vaccine, that have shown improved immunogenicity and significant dose-sparing. Pre-clinical evidence with mRNA and DNA vaccines showed promising results.

NanoPass has previously supported US CDC in a Phase 3 infant polio vaccination trial; with ITRC on PPD skin testing; in Type 1 Diabetes immunotherapy; and supported NIAID with devices to evaluate immunogenicity of a pandemic flu vaccine; and multiple vaccine pharma.

NanoPass Technologies flagship product, the 0.6 mm MicronJet, is the first true (<1 mm) microneedle to receive FDA clearance as an intradermal delivery device for substances approved for delivery below the surface of the skin. It is supported by extensive clinical data and regulatory approvals in most major markets including the US, Europe, China and Korea.