Technion Researchers Develop Technology to Treat Covid-19 Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
The team’s technology is known as Liquid Foam Therapy (LIFT), and is intended to improve the distribution of surfactant, the liquid that coats the surface of alveoli in the lungs
Adrian Filut | 17:36 13.04.2020
A team of researchers from Israeli research university Technion Israel Institute of Technology led by Josué Sznitman have developed a new technology they say could dramatically improve the efficacy of existing drugs for treating Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which is the leading cause of mortality in coronavirus (Covid-19) patients, the Technion announced Monday.The team’s technology is known as Liquid Foam Therapy (LIFT), and is intended to dramatically improve the distribution of surfactant, the liquid that coats the surface of alveoli in the lungs, across the lungs. Surfactant reduces the energy required for breathing. It was recently shown that the Covid-19 virus kills the cells that secrete surfactant inside alveoli, after binding to a receptor on the cell’s surface, according to the Technion’s statement. Sznitman’s team hypothesizes that surfactant depletion may be particularly severe in Covid-19 related ARDS.