AIM stock is rising higher on February 12, 2020, after the company filed a patent related to its efforts in fighting the coronavirus.

AIM ImmunoTech announced the filing of three provisional patent applications related to its drug candidate Ampligen in the company’s efforts toward joining the global health community in the fight against the deadly Wuhan coronavirus that has so far infected approximately 40,000 people and killed almost one thousand, primarily in China.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, including the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS. After a 2002 SARS outbreak in the Guangdong province of southern China caused more than 8,000 cases and more than 800 deaths, the United States’ National Institutes of Health contracted studies to evaluate potential treatments for SARS.

Ampligen achieved a 100% survival rate – as compared to 100% mortality – at clinically achievable human dosage levels in animal experiments. The SARS virus is very similar in key RNA sequences to the Wuhan coronavirus, and the company expects Ampligen to be similarly effective with the Wuhan coronavirus. AIM believes that Ampligen has the potential to be both an early-onset treatment for and prophylaxis against the Wuhan coronavirus, which originated in China before quickly spreading to other countries.

The company’s three provisional patent applications include: Ampligen as a therapy for the Wuhan coronavirus; Ampligen as part of a proposed intranasal universal coronavirus vaccine that combines Ampligen with inactivated Wuhan coronavirus, conveying immunity and cross-protection and; a high-volume manufacturing process for Ampligen. Under the Patent Cooperation Treaty of 1970, which provides international protections for patents, the three provisional patent applications can convert to international patent applications based on the date of their filings. Alternatively, direct national filings in many countries are possible under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of 1883 – an international agreement. China, the epicenter of the epidemic, is a signatory of both the treaty and the agreement.

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