Scientist around the world are looking for new ways to fight the Coronaviruses and the use of Polymers are becoming a potential player in the fight against the infection.
Polymers are large molecules that are formed by many smaller monomers bonding together. Often they are long, chain like molecules but they can also present as branched, or cross-linked, folded into globular structures. Scientists have developed biocompatible and biodegradable polymers that will hopefully contribute to the antiviral therapeutic approaches against the coronavirus. These polymers, that do not themselves provoke any undesired immune responses, could offer significant advantages. Scientist have designed these polymers for use in prevention strategies, effective virus inhibition and as antiviral drug delivery carriers.
Polymer-based approaches to fight against Coronaviruses are:
1) The use of polymers in personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, face masks, and gowns. Everyday polymers such as polypropylene, can be specially processed into non-woven fabrics that form a much more effective barrier to virus-laden droplets than woven cloth materials.
2) The use of polymers that can bind to the surface of virus particles preventing them from attaching to and entering cells.
3) The use of Polymers as a polymer-based carrier systems that act as vehicles to transport drugs through your body. These polymers may allow more control of the drugs, delivering them to the targeted tissues and also allowing the steady release of antiviral drugs to improve their effectiveness.
Scientist are at the early stage of research for using polymeric drug delivery systems. However, researcher are hopeful that the use of polymers could significantly improve the efficacy of antiviral therapeutics. The Polymers Technology Center assists companies in the development of new materials and processes. With our partnership with the Polymers Center, our customers have access to engineering and testing capabilities to help them with all aspects of the development process. Contact us for more information.