Israeli firm medtech claims it may have found Covid-19 cure

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask walks past an illustration of a virus outside a regional science centre, as the city and surrounding areas face local restrictions in an effort to avoid a local lockdown being forced upon the region, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Oldham, Britain August 3, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A new treatment based on proteins could cure people with the Covid-19 virus, an Israeli startup claims.

According to Tel Aviv-based Novel Concepts Medical, the treatment is a combination of natural compounds and was proven in lab results to show a significant decrease in the amount of the Covid-19 ‘spike protein’ within a few hours of incubation.

The company’s founder, Dr. Rachel R. Alkalay, who is a PhD graduate of Queen Mary University London, explained to City A.M. that the spike protein is the part in the virus that connects the virus to the cell.

“All the research in the world is focused on this spike protein. We managed to decompose it. Essentially, this is the equivalent of taking the fuel out of a car,” Alkalay said.

“We are currently repurposing compounds that have already been tested on millions of people safely for other purposes. Our findings show that it is very possible to have an immediate effect in inhibiting the virus in people who have been exposed,” she added.

Testing

The Novel Concepts Medical formula was tested at the Smart Assays Lab in the Weizmann Science Park in Israel.

Dr Celeste Weiss-Katz, an expert in proteins at Tel Aviv University, confirmed that the lab reports demonstrated that the formula decomposed the Covid-19 spike proteins.

“It is clear to see from the lab results that the Novel Concepts Medical formula causes a significant reduction in the S1 and S2 proteins,” she said.

Alkalay said Novel Concepts Medical is now looking to collaborate with hospitals, both in Israel and other countries, to begin clinical trials.

Source: Cityam