Researchers at BYU have devised a system to speed up the process of making life-saving vaccines for new viruses.
“We could make the vaccine and be ready for distribution in a day.” The research, published in Biotechnology Journal, demonstrates the ability to store the drug and vaccine-making machinery for more than a year.
Bundy’s idea is a new angle on the emerging method of “Cell-free protein synthesis,” a process that combines DNA to make proteins needed for drugs.
The researchers believe their method can significantly reduce investment of time and money towards future drug production and, in turn, reduce treatment expenses for patients.
“The lifesaving cancer drugs we have now, the drugs for arthritis, the drugs with the greatest impact, are made out of proteins, not small chemical molecules. This method takes full advantage of that to provide a quicker, more personal response.”