IIT Alumni Council advocates human- produced neutralizingantibodies as an immediate solution
New Delhi, (Global News): IIT Alumni Council suggests pursuance of human produced
neutralising antibodies (NAB) for Covid as a practical, safe and immediate option to
save lives and restore economic normalcy as herd immunity finally starts taking effect.
“Vaccine without standard clinical trials is not free from risks to human lives . By the
time a universally effective vaccine is ready to be manufactured consistently at scale
and distributed universally, the pandemic would have wrecked massive damage –
economic as well as to human lives. To save lives, an effective biologic human-
produced neutralizing antibodies is required as an immediate solution for saving lives”
said Ravi Sharma, President and Chief Volunteer of the IIT Alumni Council.
“Under the MegaTx initiative, the world’s largest plasma collection, processing and
hyperimmune injectable production capacity creation is already in process. A 360
degree solution comprising of universal longitudinal testing and antibody based
treatment of critical patients can save 50% of the lives which will otherwise be lost.
Vaccine will not cure critical patients” added spokesman for Project Platinae who has
conceived of the end to end technology stack for MegaTx.
“The only sure and immediate cure that seems to exist is a hyper immune neutralising
antibody extract harvested from a real human being. In time, infrastructure can be built
to genetically clone these effective antibodies in a high expression mammalian cell
line. Convalescent plasma therapy (CPT) is only an interim step towards administering
antibodies for three reasons – the donor may have other infections, the donor may not
have NABs even though he has antibodies and the donor may not have NAB in adequate
quantities. We have to produce hyperimmune immunoglobins – and that may be our
fastest life saver” said Dr Samir Kulkarni, Chairperson of the Research Centre for
Engineered Biomolecules, a MegaIncubator initiative.
IIT Alumni Council is the largest global body of alumni, students and academicians
across all the twenty-three IITs and partnering Institutes of the India Innovation
Network (I2Net). The IIT Alumni Council aspires to catalyse India’s technological
renaissance. For this it catalyses the creation of rapid response short term initiatives
like the C19 Task Force and perpetual strategically planned initiatives like MegaFund,
MegaIncubator and I2Net. Through such initiatives, IIT Alumni Council intends to act
as a network and as a bridge between various providers of knowledge, wealth,
information, wisdom, ideas, expertise and entrepreneurship to promote appropriate
technological solutions to known social challenges at the national level. As a
demonstration, the six month C19 Task Force set up in March 2020 conceived of large
start-up initiatives like the NSCI Dome, Covid Test Bus, MegaLab and MegaTx – by
aggregating over 10 million hours of 20,000+ volunteers, all of it on a pro bono basis. The
Council is continuing to rally the considerable resources – both financial and
technological - of the global IIT alumni ecosystem to catalyse global scale interventions
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