Munich – Formycon AG (ISIN: DE000A1EWVY8/ WKN: A1EWVY) has received a grant from the Bavarian Research Foundation for the project “Characterization of ACE2-lgG constructs” amounting to Euro 290,000.

SARS-CoV-2 requires the binding of the virus spike protein to the membrane angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) for entry into the human host cell. The aim of the project is to develop therapeutic fusion proteins that interrupt this bond. Through sequence model development, the fusion proteins will be characterized structurally and functionally in order to identify the characteristics that are important for a therapeutic application. Formycon’s project partners are Prof. Dr. Ulrike Protzer, Chair of Virology, Technical University Munich and Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchner, Chair of Biotechnology, Technical University Munich.

“We are very pleased about the positive assessment of our project by the Bavarian Research Foundation, which took place in an overly competitive environment. The funding by the Bavarian Research Foundation and the very good cooperation with top researchers at the Technical University of Munich make us confident to achieve our goal to contribute significantly to the solution of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic with a highly effective and safe drug”, commented Dr. Carsten Brockmeyer, CEO of Formycon AG.