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CSIR approves project to develop antibodies to neutralize SARS-CoV-2

CSIR approves project to develop antibodies to neutralize SARS-CoV-2

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing technologies and products and is working with industry and is also supporting new ideas and projects from other institutes and firms through its primary initiative New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI).

Key Points:

  • CSIR has given approval to several projects for the development of human monoclonal antibodies (hmAbs) to neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 virus in patients.
  • The project will be implemented by a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary team and will generate the monoclonal antibodies as a therapeutic strategy.
  • The expert team consists of participants from academic institutes and industries such as IIT-Indore, Bharat Biotech International Ltd (BBIL) and PredOmix Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • The objective of the project is to generate human monoclonal antibodies for neutralizing the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the recovering phase of COVID-19 patients and select high affinity and neutralizing antibodies.
  • The project will also try to predict the future adaptation of the virus and create monoclonal antibody clones that can neutralize the changing forms of the virus, which will help in readily combating future coronavirus infections.
  • Bharat Biotech International Ltd (BBIL) will be the commercial partner and will be responsible for future development and commercialization of the antibodies generated.

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