Autonomous Treatment of Opioid Abuse AARA

Project: Research project


One emerging option for autonomous assessment of abstinence from opioid use and delivery of buprenorphine and other opioid addiction treatment agents involves the use of microneedles. A microneedle-based “smart” patch will provide sustained delivery of buprenorphine if needed; however, it will also be programmed to provide gradual elimination of the drug in order to accelerate opioid detoxification if a dose reduction is possible. A comprehensive program is needed to fully and systematically assess the structural and functional properties of microneedle-based “smart” patches created using two photon induced polymerization. The proposed research plan contains three overlapping phases. Phase I will involve chemical and mechanical characterization of Ormocer® materials created using two photon induced polymerization. Phase II will involve biological and functional characterization of Ormocer® microneedles. Phase III will involve integrating microneedles with pumping devices in autonomous “smart” patch devices.
Effective start/end date8/1/097/31/12


  • NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


Organically Modified Ceramics
Opioid Analgesics
Equipment and Supplies
Pharmaceutical Preparations