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An Evolva ingredient can likely be used in the battle against the Zika virus. The Basel-based company is now in negotiations with the US government over funding its further development.
Evolva has confirmed a media report that it is in negotiations with the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to advance the development and EPA registration of its nootkatone product, which is derived from citrus fruits.
Evolva has been collaborating for some time with US institutions to research the efficacy of nootkatone. Together with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Evolva investigated the efficacy of nootkatone against ticks, which are responsible for spreading Lyme disease.
In February 2016, this research was expanded to mosquitos, which can transmit the Zika virus. Last summer, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that they will sponsor studies on this subject with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The results available to date will be taken into account.
Nootkatone can be used against mosquitos that contribute to the spread of Zika, dengue and other viruses. It is also being tested against other biting insects such as head lice and bed bugs. Evolva develops ingredients for health, wellness and nutrition.