The IPN has a weapon against the covid-19: it only waits for the authorization

By Daniel Carrera | World Pandemic | 4 Apr 2020


In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), everyone is looking for a medicine to help cure this new disease.

Mexico has good news in this regard: one of its most important educational institutions, the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) could have a drug that would help cure people diagnosed with COVID-19.

It is Transferon, a medicine created in the IPN, and which has the ability to modulate the immune response of any organism. That is, you can increase or decrease it.

It is a medicine made from 400 leukocyte (blood cell) peptide molecules from healthy people. The Polytechnic has been developing the new medicine for more than 40 years.

Currently, it is recommended in patients with cancer, autoimmune, infectious, chronic-degenerative and respiratory conditions.

However, IPN researchers believe that it could help patients with coronavirus, so they wait for the Federal Commission for the Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris) to endorse tests in people who already suffer from this disease.

The objective would be to supply this medicine from the first symptoms of coronavirus, thus preventing the patient from presenting other complications derived from the contagion.

The clinical test of its efficiency would be done in 560 volunteer patients, but only once Cofepris supports it.

Transferon would not work to prevent a person from developing coronavirus. It is worth noting that, being a product developed by researchers from the National Polytechnic Institute, only that institution has its patent worldwide.

However, Dr. Sonia Mayra Pérez Tapia - executive director of the Medical and Biotechnological Research, Development and Innovation Unit (Udimeb) - points out that the manufacture of Transferon is expensive.

This is due to the fact that special filters are used that are disposable, in addition to requiring at least four important facets and all of them comply with the highest quality controls.

Still, this news shines a light amid the chaos created by the pandemic, what do you think of this advance?

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Daniel Carrera
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