Growth Hormone Delivery
Human growth hormone (hGH), also known as somatotropin or somatropin, is a peptide hormone that stimulates growth and differentiation of target tissues. Exogenously administered hGH can be an effective treatment for growth disorders in both children and adults. It also is useful in treating catabolic disorders such as muscle wasting associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). hGH affects a range of tissues, including smooth and cardiac muscle, bone, cartilage and liver. hGH also may provide clinical benefit for broader range of disorders including cardiovascular disease, neurological injuries, cerebral palsy, and wound healing.
However, delivery of hGH is challenging. hGH does not withstand the acid environment of the stomach and is typically administered by injection. Moreover, because hGH has a half-life of ~fifteen minutes in the bloodstream, injections must be given daily. These delivery issues can lead to poor compliance and inadequate clinical outcomes.
Inventor believe their discovery can provide
- Delivery of growth hormone in a manner to optimize dosage and increase patient compliance.
- Anti-aging cosmetic applications