Kraków scientists create substance ‘inhibiting coronavirus growth’

Polish scientists from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków have come up with a substance called HTCC, which has proven to inhibit the growth of coronavirus infections.

The substance was prepared by scientists from the Małopolska Centre for Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University. The substance's first tests proved successful, and hence this may be the first step in finding a cure for Covid-19.

“It strongly inhibits infections with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but also with it’s not less dangerous cousin, MERS,” Professor Krzysztof Pyrć told Polish Radio. As he underlined, “the substance is innovative on a global scale.”

Professor Pryć also noted that the way HTCC works is very simple, as it prevents the infection of cells by inhibiting the virus’ interaction with its cell receptor. That means that even if the virus enters a human body, it will not be able to create an infection.

HTCC has already been patented, it has also been tested on animals, but has not been approved for use on patients.

Scientists from the Małopolska Centre for Biotechnology are now looking for companies and institutes which could co-sponsor further research and testing.