Active Masks with Virus Neutralizing Properties

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Active Masks with Virus Neutralizing Properties
Project ID : 47-2020-10888

Details of the Technology Offer

Professors Willner and Pikarsky are developing masks and possible ventilation systems that will contain virus neutralizing properties. They have undertaken the development of matrices that neutralize pathogens which can be incorporated into fabrics, paper, or nonreactive particles such as silica or alumina.

The matrices are based on the combination of nanoparticle catalysts and/or biocatalysts with “green” chemical components (such as glucose/fructose and ascorbic acid-vitamin C).

Active neutralization matrices comprising inexpensive biocompatible compositions and catalytic nanoparticles yield reactive oxygen species (ROS) that effectively destroy pathogens. The source for the ROS intermediates is air (oxygen).

Project manager

Mel Larrosa
VP Business Development Healthcare

Project researchers

Itamar Willner
HUJI, Faculty of Science
The Institute of Chemistry

Eli Pikarsky
HUJI, School of Medicine - IMRIC
Immunology and Cancer Research

Related Keywords

  • Biological Sciences
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virus, Virology / Antibiotics / Bacteriology
  • Covid-19
  • covid-19

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Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. Founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property. Ranked among the top technology transfer companies, Yissum has registered over 8,900 patents covering 2,500 inventions; has licensed out 800 technologies and has spun-off 90 companies. Products that are based on Hebrew University technologies and were commercialized by Yissum generate today over $2 Billion in annual sales.

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