Nothing directly attacks the virus itself.
Pioneered by Stanford and NYU researchers, Maxwell’s peptoids are biomimetics, meaning they mimic naturally safe and effective antiviral peptides. Maxwell’s peptoids have amino acid side chains attached at the nitrogen, instead of at the carbon. 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. Read more about antimicrobial peptoids – poly-N-substituted glycine anti-infectives.
Maxwell’s peptoids use a mechanism of action similar to natural human peptides to 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 positively-charged. Healthy human cells are neutrally charged and don’t attract our drugs.