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Glide Pharmaceutical Technologies Ltd.

This article was originally published in Start Up

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The UK's Glide Pharma has developed a needle-free, solid-dose drug delivery technology that's easy to use and applicable to both small and large molecules. In essence, tiny solid 'rods' of drug are simply pushed through the skin--no sharps, no blistering, and none of the storage issues associated with some liquid-dosed biologicals.

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