Tiny needles deliver the drugs below the surface of the skin, rather than through the skin itself – as is done with nicotine patches.
"It’s the exact same process, inverted. Instead of a nozzle, there’s a needle," he remarked.
Meanwhile, Joe Beyers, vice president of intellectual property licensing at the office equipment firm, said: "By licensing core intellectual property in thermal inkjet technology for use in a drug delivery product, HP breathes new life into its mature technology while capitalising on the booming healthcare and life sciences market."
HP recently launched 56 new mobile devices, including two smartphones, two PDAs and one GPS system.
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