New Delhi, May 10, 2017: The Third Smart Cities India 2017 Expo began here on Wednesday. Taiwan Excellence is showcasing 86 products of 40 brands with a focus on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products.
Taiwan Excellence — which represents the innovative and technological image of Taiwan’s most competitive industries — is participating in the expo at the Pragati Maidan for the second year in a row.
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It has partnered with world-class brands to offer smart ICT, smart healthcare products, Internet of Things solutions and smart-life devices, a statement from Taiwan External Trade Development Council said.
It said several Taiwanese-based companies were already collaborating with governments across the world to provide smart solutions.
“We look forward to providing our expertise for India’s Smart Cities Mission because we believe that India has a huge regard for innovation and cutting-edge technology products,” said Michael Lin, Director of Taipei World Trade Centre Liaison. (IANS)
Researchers have developed a drug capsule that could be used to deliver oral doses of insulin, potentially replacing injections for patients with Type-2 diabetes, says a new study.
About the size of a blueberry, the capsule contains a single and small needle made of compressed insulin, which is injected after the capsule reaches the stomach.
The study showed that the capsule could deliver enough insulin to lower blood sugar to levels comparable to those produced by injections given through skin. They also demonstrated that the device can be adapted to deliver other protein drugs.
“We are really hopeful that this new type of capsule could someday help diabetic patients and perhaps anyone who requires therapies that can now only be given by injection or infusion,” said Robert Langer, Professor at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research in Britain.
The tip of the needle is made of nearly 100 per cent compressed, freeze-dried insulin.
When the capsule is swallowed, water in the stomach dissolves the sugar disk, releasing the spring and injecting the needle into the stomach wall.
The stomach wall has no pain receptors, so the patients would not be able to feel the prick of the injection. To ensure that the drug is injected into the stomach wall, the researchers designed their system so that no matter how the capsule lands in the stomach, it can orient itself so the needle is in contact with the lining of the stomach.
The findings, published in the journal Science, showed that the researchers could successfully deliver up to 300 micrograms of insulin.
More recently, they have been able to increase the dose to 5 milligrams, which is comparable to the amount that a patient with Type-2 diabetes would need to inject.
Furthermore, no adverse effects from the capsule was found, which is made from biodegradable polymer and stainless steel components.
Importantly, this type of drug delivery could be useful for any protein drug that normally has to be injected, such as immunosuppressants used to treat rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease and may also work for nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA, according to the researchers. (IANS)