A Brisbane biotech company, led by award-winning immunologist Ian Frazer, has created an anti-inflammatory drug, which is being trialled as a potential treatment for severely-ill COVID-19 patients in the United States.
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The new drug is not a vaccine but rather a treatment being trialled, and if proven successful, could become part of routine care in serious cases to prevent people dying from the virus.
Professor Frazer, who was the co-inventor of the Gardasil vaccine to prevent Human Papillomavirus, is the chief scientific officer and co-founder of Implicit Bioscience — the company that developed the drug IC14.
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