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COVID-19 Research at Osaka University

Research on COVID-19 Anti-coronavirus (COVID-19) face shield - Easy to make at low cost

[April 2, 2020] A group of researchers led by Specially Appointed Professor NAKAJIMA Kiyokazu and Visiting Academic Staff MUROSAKI Osamu (Department of Next Generation Endoscopic Intervention (Project ENGINE) at the Graduate School of Medicine), in collaboration with Charmant, a global manufacturer of eyeglass frames (Sabae, Fukui), developed an extremely cheap anti-coronavirus face shield constructed of a clear plastic file. They have also disclosed the data of the face shield so that anyone can make it easily with a 3D printer.

Protein structure of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to be released from March 11, 2020

[March, 10, 2020] The Protein Data Bank Japan (PDBj) of the Institute for Protein Research led by Professor KURISU Genji registered the protein structure of the novel Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) with the Protein Data Bank (PDB) as the representative archive of Asia. Along with the regular data update on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, PDBj opened the webpage featuring COVID-19 to the public to make it easy for researchers to use related data from the PDB archive.

Innovative oxidant MA-T® kills more than 98% of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19

Since September 2019, a group of researchers led by Professor INOUE Tsuyoshi of Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Osaka University has studied the mechanisms of an innovative oxidant, chlorous acid ion solution MA-T®, and its commercialization in the project “Creating innovative techniques for controlling the activation of oxidation reactions by safe oxidants.” The project was selected as a grant recipient for the Program on Open Innovation Platform with Enterprises, Research Institute and Academia (OPERA) sponsored by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in 2019. This group confirmed that SARS-CoV-2 was disinfected by MA-T® in a one-minute contact test. The effect of this disinfecting agent will be verified in detail in further experiments.

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