Next-Generation, Micro-Needle Medical Adhesive

Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers Bohdan Pomahac, MD, and Jeffrey Karp, PhD, are vying for the hospital's 2013 BRIght Futures Prize with their creation, a micro-needle medical adhesive that can easily attach to tissue to rapidly seal wounds. When the micro-needle tips come in contact with wet tissue, they swell and change their shape, interlocking with the tissue. Medication can be loaded into the micro-needles in high concentrations, delivering long-term treatment and minimizing side effects. The adhesive could provide a completely new way for doctors to treat damaged tissue, including severely burned skin.