New 3M drug delivery method a step closer with microneedles breakthrough

Posted on 29 Jan 2015 by Tim Brown
The 3M Hollow Microstructured Transdermal System (hMTS) is a patient-friendly and easy to use drug delivery system. Image courtesy of 3M.
The 3M Hollow Microstructured Transdermal System (hMTS) is a patient-friendly and easy to use drug delivery system. Image courtesy of 3M.

Getting an injection at the doctor’s office does not rank highly on many people’s favourites lists, but thanks to 3M scientists’ the day is getting closer when patients may be receiving their prescription medications at home via microscopic needles.

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies can now partner with 3M on development and conducting clinical trials using its 3M Hollow Microstructured Transdermal System (hMTS).

Patient-friendly and easy to use, 3M hMTS is designed to open new opportunities for pharmaceutical companies and patients.

The device’s availability for clinical trials comes after conducting a number of studies and design verification tests. Based on 3M microreplication technology, pharmaceutical and biotech companies can take advantage of this patient-friendly hollow microneedle device for difficult-to-deliver biologics.

To reach this current stage of clinical readiness with the hMTS device, 3M has undertaken a rigorous process, including finalizing the device design, manufacturing critical components from medical grade materials, establishing GMP array manufacturing and device assembly, as well as filing documentation with FDA.

3M conducted a human tolerability study with the goal of selecting the appropriate microneedle array for use in clinical studies. The outcome of this study found very good delivery times for 2 mL (less than 2 minutes on average). These results provide foundational data in assessing the safety of the device. Clinical supplies are now available for assessment in potential development partners’ trials.

“From the foundation laid by our recent human study, we are excited to extend our hollow microneedle device and expertise to companies who are ready for clinical studies. Pharma companies can now evaluate 3M hMTS in their clinical trials as a delivery system for a new drug product or a product line extension,” said Ingrid Blair, Vice President, Business and Marketing, 3M Drug Delivery Systems. “Keeping patient preference top of mind is key and with this new system, pharmaceutical companies have more options to satisfy patients.”