EPFL lab headed by Francesco Stellacci gets 5 million research grant

The Werner Siemens Foundation has given a major grant to the Supramolecular Nano-Materials and Interfaces Laboratory (SuNMIL), headed by Francesco Stellacci, within EPFL’s School of Engineering. His team, which is working on a compound that can block viral activity, hopes to make progress in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.

The grant will go to cover the most expensive stage of the drug development work – clinical trials on animals and then humans. “We will be able to conduct in vivo tests of the efficacy and toxicity of our treatment,” says Stellacci.