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Mark Kendall: A needle-free vaccine patch that’s safer and way cheaper


FILMED JUN 2013 • POSTED JAN 2014 • TEDGlobal 2013

One hundred sixty years after the invention of the needle and syringe, we’re still using them to deliver vaccines; it’s time to evolve. Biomedical engineer Mark Kendall demos the Nanopatch, a one-centimeter-by-one-centimeter square vaccine that can be applied painlessly to the skin.He shows how this tiny piece of silicon can overcome four major shortcomings of the modern needle and syringe, at a fraction of the cost.