SARAH DA COSTA
Can we engineer therapeutic properties to soft surfaces for disease prevention?
Exploring the current bio-technology of ‘microencapsulation’, or rather, the embedding of a drug within a textile, I am interested in how soft surfaces could be used as an alternative to existing, conventional modes of drug delivery for disease prevention.
Working closely with Dr. Ipsita Roy, UK Reader of Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Westminster, I have developed a bra for young women prone to developing breast cancer that has the drug Tamoxifen micro-encapsulated within it.
By developing a bio-polymer and embedding it within a bra, it is now possible to deliver the effective drug Tamoxifen through skin contact, which not only enables us to deliver the treatment at the core site, but also help young women avoid the traumatic side effects of the drug when taken orally.