Maxwell's peptoids are biomimetics, meaning they mimic naturally safe and effective antiviral peptides. Maxwell's peptoids have side chains attached at the nitrogen, instead of carbon-based side chains. This makes our peptoids strongly resistant to the protease enzymes which many pathogens use to destroy carbon-based immune peptides. The additional strength in a peptoid's nitrogen bond allows peptoids to fight viruses longer and harder than any known natural peptide.
Maxwell's peptoids use an electrostatic mechanism of action that allow peptoids to be highly attracted to pathogens while avoiding human cells. Viruses and many other pathogens have a negative charge which attracts Maxwell's peptoids, which are positively charged. Healthy human cells are neutrally charged and don't attract our drugs.
Learn more about Maxwell's peptoid drug class, set to potentially change the way we treat viral infections.