TPI provides its latest research note on Integumen plc (SKIN.L)

Positioning itself to secure revenues in a post-Pandemic environment desperate to mitigate potential risk of re-transmission of COVID-19 or similar future viruses, Integumen has today announced that its subsidiary, Labskin, will immediately begin the testing of anti-viral treatments on Labskin cloned human skin coated with SARS-CoV-2 virus.

In the first instant, this will be to investigate the use of consumer and dental care products that have the potential to influence the spread of the disease.

Such a detailed understanding could significantly influence or provide regulatory guidelines for their future design, composition and/or utilisation.

In this respect, Integumen appears to be pre-empting international governmental demands to be better equipped and informed in order to fight the spread of any future virus infections across their wider communities.

Identifying products to mitigate the infection risk

Labskin has secured access to the SARS-CoV-2 virus Category 3 laboratory at the University of Aberdeen to assess the strain ‘SARS-CoV-2 England/2/2020’ regarding its transmissibility impact to and from human skin without exposing human volunteers to potentially hazardous clinical trial contamination risk. As such, strictly controlled in vitro tests will undertake the following examinations:
• Study the transferability of viral particles from materials to skin
• Assess the ability of the virus to remain infective while on the skin surface
• Quantify the efficacy of mouthwash and dental care products
• Quantify the efficacy of soap washing and hand sanitisers

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