Hi-tech antidotes for snakebite
But Fan Hui Wen, like Laustsen, warns that snakebite treatment is a field that will not attract business spending without incentives.
“It’s a soup of toxins,” she says.But the biggest optimism for snakebite treatment lies in monoclonal antibodies.
However, monoclonal antibodies are “low -hanging fruit”, because there is no need to invent new processes, he says.“Instead of producing cancer antibodies, we could produce antivenom antibodies,” Laustsen says.
These are human antibodies that have been engineered to bind to the toxins in the snake venom.
Depending on the species, victims may suffer paralysis, breathing difficulty, bleeding, heart failure, irreversible kidney damage and permanent disability.