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Responsive Antiviral Biomaterials

Silica-based particles that may be an effective antiviral compound against certain types of viruses, including SARS-CoV-2

Background

Covid19 update: This material may be an effective antiviral compound against certain types of viruses, including SARS-CoV-2. The researchers are looking to rapidly put together a very quick testing plan to incorporate the filler in polymer meshes for the deactivation of viruses on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), like masks. Contact of the PPE material with airborne droplets would trigger a release of drug into the droplet, destroying viruses contained within and decreasing the risk of infection during mask handling/removal.

Technology Overview

The technology is based on field-leading research in host-biomaterials interactions, infection, and self-assembling materials. Growing out of research at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, Materials Science and Engineering department, and Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering,

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