What is it about?

it is about making a drug against a very dangerous virus, finding the money to develop it and founding a company out of Bayer

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Why is it important?

the importance of the drug is that it fulfills a medical need, no other drug can fulfil. All competitors in the field failed so far.


While the primary use of the drug Letermovir is in stem cell transplanted patients for the prophylaxis against reactivation of cytomegalo virus, the virus infects 50% of the population in industrialized countries and appears to cause harm in a number of other circumstances, where the immune system is weak. Having created Letermovir, the first effective drug and very well tolerated drug against cytomegalo virus, now allows to test in clinical studies its usefulness for HIV patients, newborns, spepsis patients, patients with autoimmune diseases (eg of the colon), etc

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This page is a summary of: From academic research to founding a company: the story of AiCuris, Pure and Applied Chemistry, February 2019, De Gruyter,
DOI: 10.1515/pac-2018-1105.
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