University of Birmingham is joining forces with Birmingham Biotech Ltd to develop a nasal spray to protect people against coronavirus.
Covid-19 is both contracted and transmitted by inhalation of droplets containing the SARS-CoV-2 virus - with the nose being the major entry point into the body.
The anti-viral spray is designed to work by encapsulating and deactivating the virus while it is still in the nose, preventing its wider uptake by the body.
It is formulated with two compounds that are already approved by regulatory bodies in the UK, Europe and the US and widely used in medical devices, medicines, and food products.
In the future, the two parties plan to co-develop other innovative products and technologies, such as COVID-19 throat sprays and nasal sprays targeted to protect individuals from other viruses.
The anti-COVID-19 nasal spray is expected to be available in the UK and Asia in early 2022.
What do the University of Birmingham and Biotech experts say in their own words?
Professor Grover commented: “As COVID-19 restrictions around the world are gradually lifting, there is a real need for effective methods of viral protection. While existing measures like wearing masks and handwashing remain essential, this nasal spray provides an additional protective measure with the potential to reduce transmission.
“We are thrilled to be working with Birmingham Biotech to bring the anti-viral nasal spray to individuals around the world.”
Michael Hsu, Managing Director at Birmingham Biotech commented, “We are delighted to enter into a partnership with the University of Birmingham and to be able to work together with its world-leading academic researchers, to advance medical innovations.
“We have a shared commitment to bring our proprietary anti-COVID-19 nasal spray to as many people as possible at an affordable price, focusing on developing markets with the greatest need.”
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