Pop-Up Pill Could Stay In Stomach To Release Drugs For Days

Published: Nov 17, 2016

A meeting between Bill Gates and Boston researchers four years ago has led to the development of a multi-dose capsule that, researchers said, could solve one of medicine’s more vexing problems: delivering oral drugs over an extended period of time with one dose.

The new device has so far only been tested on pigs, not humans, but results published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine could pave the way for human trials next year.

“There’s a reason nobody’s ever been able to do this before,” said Dr. Andrew Bellinger, cofounder of Lyndra, a health care company that licensed the capsule technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he is a practicing cardiologist. “It was pretty challenging.”

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