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Biotechnology & medicine

Alex Abramson

Developing a way to administer vaccines as pills.

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Georgia Tech


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Imagine if you could replace a vaccine jab or an insulin shot with a pill. Alex Abramson, 29, is developing a way to make it possible. Until now, pills haven’t been capable of delivering drugs based on proteins and nucleic acids, since these molecules are rapidly degraded by the enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract. Further, the biological molecules are too large to pass through the tissue wall of the stomach. Abramson’s innovation is a pill that falls to the bottom of the stomach and reorients itself, inserting the medicine directly into the stomach tissue.