UArizona researchers have developed an invention that synergizes with copper to kill and prevent further growth of both Streptococcus pneumoniae and Valley Fever.

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A Compound that Synergizes with Copper to Kill Streptococcus Pneumoniae

Tech ID: UA18-189

Invention:
UArizona researchers have developed an invention that synergizes with copper to kill and prevent further growth of both Streptococcus pneumoniae and Valley Fever with the potential to work on other pathogens.

Background:
Streptococcus pneumoniae is bacteria that causes meningitis, sepsis, ear infections, and pneumonia. Due to increased antibiotic resistance and the number of strains not protected by the pneumococcal vaccine, treatment of this bacteria is becoming increasingly difficult. Valley Fever is a debilitating fungal respiratory disease without a vaccine that lacks treatment options.

Key Benefits

- Works quickly
- Highly effective
- Does not allow for the development of resistance

Applications

- Kills Valley Fever and Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria

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