Analyzing polymeric matrix for fabrication of a biodegradable microneedle array to enhance transdermal delivery

Kuo Yuan Hwa, Vincent H.S. Chang, Yao Yi Cheng, Yue Da Wang, Pey Shynan Jan, Boopathi Subramani, Min Ju Wu, Bo Kai Wang

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Traditional drug delivery systems, using invasive, transdermal, and oral routes, are limited by various factors, such as the digestive system environment, skin protection, and sensory nerve stimulation. To improve the drug delivery system, we fabricated a polysaccharide-based, dissolvable microneedle-based array, which combines the advantages of both invasive and transdermal delivery systems, and promises to be an innovative solution for minimally invasive drug delivery. In this study, we designed a reusable aluminum mold that greatly improved the efficiency and convenience of microneedle fabrication. Physical characterization of the polysaccharides, individual or mixed at different ratios, was performed to identify a suitable molecule to fabricate the dissolvable microneedle. We used a vacuum deposition-based micro-molding method at low temperature to fabricate the model. Using a series of checkpoints from material into product, a systematic feedback mechanism was built into the “all-in-one” fabrication step, which helped to improve production yields. The physical properties of the fabricated microneedle were assessed. The cytotoxicity analysis and animal testing of the microneedle demonstrated the safety and compatibility of the microneedle, and the successful penetration and effective release of a model protein.

Original languageEnglish
Article number84
JournalBiomedical Microdevices
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Carboxymethyl cellulose
  • Dextrin
  • Drug delivery
  • Microneedle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology


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