Canadian Biotech Pursues India Partnering Plans For COVID-19 Nasal Spray
Nitric Oxide Shows Promise
SaNOtize is in partnering talks with large firms in India to manufacture and distribute its nitric oxide nasal spray for COVID-19. The Canadian company believes the product, which already has an interim approval in Israel, could potentially reduce viral load of SARS-CoV-2 variants, as well as influenza and other respiratory viruses.
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