A California biopharmaceutical company claims to have discovered a coronavirus antibody breakthrough that has shown 100% inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 in laboratory tests. Executives at Sorrento Therapeutics announced the possible coronavirus antibody treatment on Friday, and say it could be more effective than a vaccine in quickly combating SARS-CoV-2.
The San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics, an antibody-centric biopharma company that typically focuses on cancer, claims that it has developed an antibody treatment that shields healthy cells from SARS-CoV-2 and flushes the virus out of the body within four days, according to Fox News.
The company claims that one of its antibodies, STI-1499, has shown “100% inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 in laboratory tests.”
“We want to emphasize there is a cure. There is a solution that works 100%,” Sorrento’s co-founder and CEO, Dr. Henry Ji, told Fox News. “If we have the neutralizing antibody in your body, you don’t need the social distancing. You can open up a society without fear.