The Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, has announced a break through in the cure of novel Coronavirus; by its Department of Pharmacy.
Prof Ikemefuna C. Uzochukwu, Principal Investigator, COVID-19 Drug Design, Discovery and Development Project; School of Pharmacy of the University said his group identified nine existing drugs; 14 phytochemicals from natural products and 3 N-acetyl glucosamine analogs with good binding affinities; to two important COVID-19 proteins (glycoprotein S and protease) using computer-aided drug design tools.
These, Uzochukwu said, may be potential inhibitors; and possible drug or lead candidates for the treatment and prophylaxis of Covid-19.
Uzochukwu, however, said that the next step is for the group to do in vitro validation studies; as well as Phase 2 clinical trials for identified existing drugs.
There is also need for funding, as well as technical support; because apparently, the group has been self-funded so far.