‘Living Velcro’ used to trap viruses

Galway start-up Aquila Bioscience is developing a chemical-free wearable material that uses complex sugars to neutralise pathogens

2nd February, 2020
‘Living Velcro’ used to trap viruses
Lokesh Joshi with senior scientist Martha Utratnal at the Research and Innovation Centre at NUI Galway. Picture: Andrew Downes/Xposure

A new approach to decontamination and disease prevention under development in Ireland could play a crucial role in preventing the spread of highly infectious diseases such as the coronavirus.

Aquila Bioscience, a Galway start-up, is developing a chemical-free wearable material that uses complex sugars to neutralise pathogens.

Lokesh Joshi, the company’s co-founder, said the material could be used to make cleansing wipes and protective masks.

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