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COVID-19: Unizik Professor discovers drug

By Prof Ikemefuna C. Uzochukwu


Covid-19 drug discovery by Prof Ikemefuna C. Uzochukwu

1. What did we do?

We identified 9 existing drugs, 14 phytochemicals from natural products and 3 N-acetyl glucosamine analogs with good binding affinities to 2 important COVID-19 proteins (glycoprotein S and protease) using computer-aided drug design tools.
These may be potential inhibitors and possible drug or lead candidates for the treatment and prophylaxis of Covid-19.

2. Is there any prospect for the findings?

Yes. We found existing (approved) drugs that could be used for pre-and post-exposure chemoprophylaxis and treatment of Covid-19. The identified phytochemicals performed better than the existing drugs and could be developed as well for pre-and post-exposure chemoprophylaxis and treatment of Covid-19.

3. What are the next steps?

We want to do in vitro validation studies as well as Phase 2 clinical trials for identified existing drugs.

4. What support is needed?

We need funding and technical support (partners and collaborators) to progress the drug development.

We have self-funded up-to-date.


Prof Ikemefuna C. Uzochukwu,
Dean faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, Unizik.

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