InviRx is a broad-spectrum antiviral company that is developing treatments for some of the world’s most problematic infectious diseases, including herpes and poxviruses.

What is a virus?

A virus is a small particle that contains genetic information in the form of RNA or DNA about how to copy itself. When the virus infects a cell, it hijacks the cell’s machinery to replicate itself, making more RNA, DNA, and proteins that are then organized into new virus particles. The DNA, RNA, and proteins are constantly changing to avoid detection by the host’s immune system.

What is a coronavirus?

The current pandemic of COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is named for the protein spikes found on its surface that appear like a crown.

How is a virus stopped?

Inside the body, a virus is normally identified by the immune system of the host, and the infected cells are killed. A vaccine primes the immune system to be ready for another infection of the same virus. Antiviral agents can also be delivered to prevent the replication of the virus. Outside of the body, virucidal agents or disinfectants are used. Most viruses will not remain intact outside of the host for very long.

What diseases are caused by the herpes virus?

Cold sores are generally caused by herpesvirus 1 (HSV1).

Genital herpes is usually caused by herpesvirus 2 (HSV2)

Chickenpox and the associated latent response of Shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), a member of the herpesvirus family.