In addition to raw materials for adhesives, coatings, and healthy food, can potatoes also provide ingredients against the effects of infection with the coronavirus? To investigate this, the Dutch provinces of Drenthe, Friesland, and Groningen have decided to support research that should answer this question.
The potato project is one of the five initiatives that have received funding for their innovative solutions to solve the current health crisis caused by the coronavirus.
This project uses a product extracted from purified potato protein, which can suppress the infection routes and inhibit lung damage. With this product, new medicines can be developed, such as creams and nasal spray.
A total of one million euros is available for the five projects. They have been selected from 22 entries following a call from the Samenwerkingsverband Noord- Nederland (SNN). The ‘COVID-19 subsidy’ is intended to accelerate the advancement of innovations that combat the virus.
The diversity among the projects submitted is great and produces surprising combinations, SNN states in a statement. The projects that receive subsidies not only focus on finding a new vaccine or medicine, but also on COVID-19-related care such as better diagnostics and faster rehabilitation.
“For example, one of the projects combines expertise in the field of serious gaming and virtual reality with knowledge of rehabilitation and treatment therapies; a promising combination to offer corona patients the right care and treatment, where possible without the intervention of a healthcare provider.”