JAT embarks on anti-viral food R&D

While companies rush to meet short-term opportunities opened up by the arrival of the Covid-19 coronavirus, China exporter Jatenergy has embarked on a R&D programme to develop food supplements with anti-viral properties. The company, which exports a wide range of Australian products to China including milk-based foods, will work with researchers at the University of…

Myriota expands IoT reach into Canada

Nanosatellite developer Myriota has extended its reach in the Canadian market with the purchase of satellite communications assets from exactEarth Ltd. The acquisition will see Myriota Canada acquire four satellites, a global network of ground station assets, and their associated spectrum licenses. The acquisition will increase the Adelaide company’s capability to deliver low-cost, low-power, secure…

CSIRO begins testing Covid-19 vaccines as part of global effort

By Peter Roberts In an exciting development Australia’s CSIRO has begun testing potential vaccines against the Covid-19 coronavirus at its Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) facility in Geelong. Testing in the biosecure facility originally built to contain the world’s most harmful plant and animal diseases is part of a global effort led by the interational Coalition…

Noxopharm investigates Covid-19 treatment

Drug developer Noxopharm is following up on indications that an experimental anti-cancer drug may be effective against the Covid-19 coronavirus. Melbourne’s Hudson Institute of Medical Research has identified anti-inflammatory properties of the experimental drug idronoxil, the active ingredient in the company’s anti-cancer drug candidate Veyonda. Pre-clinical models indicate the drug has the ability to treat…

Ansell on track despite coronavirus spread

Global protective glove manufacturer Ansell is one of the few large companies that has been able to reaffirm its profit projections for the year despite the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The manufacturer of rubber industrial and surgical gloves told investors it was experiencing very strong demand for its AlphaTec hand and body chemical protection products. There…