What is Beyond The Needle

Current vaccinations, involving injection of a liquid form of vaccine via needle and syringe, place a tremendous burden on the healthcare system and supply chain, especially during a pandemic. Beyond the Needle is developing alternative technologies that aim to transform the paradigm making vaccines easier to administer and more widely available, without the need for needles, syringes, vials, and cold-chain distribution burdens.

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Beyond The Needle Program Strategy



Vision

A world in which needles are no longer the default choice for vaccination or drug delivery.




Mission

Transform vaccination and other drug delivery by helping bring new technologies into market that offer alternative routes of administration so that needles and syringes are no longer the default modality, making them easier to administer, in a broader range of settings, without the need for needles, syringes, vials, and cold-chain transport.

Specifically, Beyond the Needle aims to:
  • Overcome the logistics burdens associated with manufacturing, storing, shipping and distributing needles, syringes, and other ancillary supplies, and also with cold-chain storage and transportation
  • Increase immunization compliance, with pain-free, easier (possibly self-) administration and dose sparing for single-dose efficacy (vs. multiple boosters)
  • Make vaccine more widely available, especially in resource-constrained settings and during a pandemic or other public health emergency where qualified healthcare professionals are in high demand and short supply

Investing across the PARADIGM