Oral Insulin Strip
Midatech, a U.K.-based company that designs and synthesizes nanoscale particles is developing a thin-film insulin drug delivery product. Midatech has “nanosized” the medication which delivers it in a way that is easy to swallow without water — a postage-stamp-sized film similar to a breath strip. Based on the results of pre-clinical studies, the company believes it has the potential to offer an unprecedented treatment option for diabetes sufferers around the world. The company is finishing preclinical studies of buccally delivered insulin in diet-induced diabetic primates and expects to announce data by the end of this year. They plan to initiate Phase I clinical trials during the second quarter of 2011.