Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Delivery Technologies

Novel tools and methods for bringing vaccine and pharmaceutical products within reach

This site highlights PATH’s work to develop, evaluate, and advance technologies as well as user aids that make it easier to safely and effectively deliver vaccines and essential medicines in developing countries.

Our scope of work in vaccine and pharmaceutical delivery technologies ranges from technologies that shield or eliminate needles to low-cost primary container and packaging options that reduce product volume and sharps waste. We are also exploring novel delivery routes and methods that increase user acceptability, minimize logistical burdens, and improve vaccine and drug efficacy.

When less is more: the role of intradermal delivery in polio eradication

A woman holds a baby on her lap as a health care worker gives the baby an injection. Photo PATH Carib NelsonIntradermal (ID) delivery can help overcome supply shortages, ensuring patient access to inactivated poliovirus vaccine. The PATH blog highlights our role and impact in designing, developing, and assessing two different ID-capable delivery technologies recently procured for country use in the fight to end polio.


News and highlights

BLOG POST: PATH and partners set out to develop a first-of-its-kind drug delivery patch—that women want »

ARTICLE: Insights from key opinion leaders on the opportunities and challenges with self-administration of influenza vaccine via a microneedle patch »

POSTER: Results from a user-acceptability study of two microarray patches in South Africa »

POSTER: Our approach to designing a dissolvable microarray patch that delivers rilpivirine for the treatment and prevention of HIV »

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Visit the Vaccine Resource Library

PATH’s Vaccine Resource Library (VRL) contains key immunization resources in a single, easy-to-use website. The VRL offers links to scientific publications and high-quality, technical summaries on specific diseases and topics in immunization. To learn more, visit the VRL »

Banner photos, from left: PATH/Patrick McKern; PATH; PATH/Gabe Bienczycki. Blog photo: PATH/Carib Nelson.