My Journey With Psoriasis

My journey living with psoriasis is a long and often arduous one. I didn’t know what to expect as a nine-year-old child when the dermatologists at University of California, San Francisco confirmed the diagnosis. I only remember how much my life changed…Read More

Medication Adherence: Taking Medication As Prescribed

On average, patients with a chronic illness only take about 1/2 the medication that they are prescribed.  Click here to learn more about this problem.

The Patient Story

Portal Instruments was founded with the mission to improve the experience for patients on life-changing drug therapies. Hear from several patients on the challenges they face administering their medications and the hope that Portal provides.

What It’s Really Like To Live With Ulcerative Colitis – A Candid Patient Post

My name is Michaella. I am a 22-year-old female from Western Massachusetts who got diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was in 8th grade, nine years ago. When I first started feeling symptoms…Read More

The Genesis of Portal Instruments

Dr. Ian Hunter, Hatsopolous Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and inventor of the underlying Portal needle-free technology, describes his journey from inception of the technology through different iterations of prototypes that eventually evolve into the handheld prototype that we have today. This video describes the genesis of Portal Instruments and we hope that you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!

A Better Jet Injection System

Needle-free drug delivery devices have been around since the 1960s. However, most of these devices could only deliver a limited volume of medication, had limited ability to control injection depth, and were known to be loud and painful. These factors created barriers to their widespread adoption… Read more

Needle Anxiety: A Barrier to Patient Adherence and Positive Health Outcomes

The social stigma around needle use and inherent discomfort around needle handling can create barriers to adoption and sustained adherence to a prescribed treatment plan. For more information, click here.

Fear of Needles May Chip Away at Vaccination Rates

The reasons people may skip vaccines such as the flu shot are many. They can include apathy or being too busy. They can include people believing that they won’t get sick or fearing vaccines. But recent research suggests another reason some may skip shots: fear of needles. And it’s a fear that may be preventable. Click here to read more.

The Negative Impact of Needle Anxiety on Patient Health

Numerous patients around the world experience terrible anxiety when faced with the prospect of a needle-based injection. The distress can be so overwhelming that patients sometimes skip doses or simply choose to forego treatment entirely… Read more

Combating Medication Non-Adherence With Leading-Edge Technology

Medicine only works when taken consistently, making medication adherence essential to achieving positive treatment outcomes. It is estimated that 190 million Americans are affected by one or more chronic conditions, most of which can be managed via medication. Non-adherence is a loss for everyone… Read more

Biologics: Advanced Drugs that Deserve an Advanced Delivery Technology

Compared to conventional pharmaceutical drugs, biologics feature robust therapeutic efficacy, high selectivity, and limited side effects. However, there are marked limitations for the delivery of biologic drugs… Read more

A Letter From the CEO

Today we announced a groundbreaking partnership with Takeda. This is a significant milestone for Portal as it begins to validate our business model. I am thrilled about this achievement and would like to thank the whole team that has worked tirelessly to make this happen… Read more

Planning Your Feasibility Study in Three Easy Steps

Portal’s Needle-Free Drug Delivery System is now available for clinical testing, human factor evaluation, and commercial planning. For more information, click here.

The End of Needles: A Personal Win for Patients

Patients with chronic conditions who must receive frequent, sometimes even daily, injections are all too familiar with the sting and the inherent anxiety of handling needles. Click here to read about how Portal’s innovative needle-free platform is changing the paradigm of care.

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