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May 5, 2014
07:09 EDTNNVCNanoViricides says drug candidates for MERS ready for animal testing
NanoViricides reported that it has designed and synthesized novel nanoviricides drug candidates in quantities sufficient for testing in animals infected with the MERS Corona Virus. The company said, "Using our platform technology, NanoViricides has already developed novel drug candidates against the MERS virus that mimic the MERS virus binding to the host cell. The company developed ligands that are designed to bind to the MERS coronavirus spike protein, in the same fashion that the cognate receptor of the virus, DPP-IV, binds to the virus. We performed the ligand design using well established molecular modeling techniques, based on published data regarding the MERS coronavirus spike protein and DPP-IV binding. The ligands were then chemically attached to the nanomicelle base polymer, thus making the nanoviricides drug candidates against the MERS virus. The company has already successfully scaled up the synthesis to multi-gram scale, sufficient for animal testing, and can easily scale the processes to make kilogram quantities for widespread application in human patients if they are found to be effective and safe."
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