Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Thai patent covers Ebola treatment

Many people are working furiously to develop treatments for the Ebola virus which has killed more than 3,000 people in West Africa. Thailand's Mahidol University's Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok has developed a new formula that will trigger antibody production to fight the disease. The hope is that it may lead to a treatment for use after infection, as opposed to a pre-infection vaccine, to stimulate the body's natural immune system to fight off infection. Mahidol University has applied to the Thai IP department for a patent to be granted.  It will be interesting to see if the grant will take as long as many other medical patents do to get granted given the urgent need.

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