Imagine vaccines without needles, refrigerators, pain, instead as simple as putting on a Band-Aid. The award-winning innovation, ImmunoMatrix, uses nanofibers to deliver a vaccines into the skin. The self-administered patch doesn’t produce biohazardous waste, and could be delivered by a drone to even the most remote areas of the world.
Katarzyna (Kasia) Sawicka was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. She came to the United States at the age of 15 and entered Longwood High School in Middle Island, NY. She has resided in Long Island ever since.
Sawicka has earned three degrees from Stony Brook Univeristy (B.S. in Engineering Chemistry, M.S. in Chemistry, and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering). Her research focuses on developing novel technologies to capitalize on the enhanced functions of nano-scaled materials.
Recently, Sawicka joined the Department of Dermatology, where she hopes to further pursue the development of ImmunoMatrix, a non-invasive skin patch that effectively delivers vaccines into the skin. In the last year, the invention earned Sawicka the top prize in the National Collegiate Inventors Competition at the USPTO. It was named the 2015 Invention of the Year in Medicine by Popular Science, and Sawicka was awarded the 2015 Innovator of the Year award in science and technology by InnovateLI.
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