NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There could be a huge breakthrough on finding a possible treatment to help fight the coronavirus.

Dr. Max Gomez reports on an antibody cocktail that’s being created.

This potential treatment breakthrough is based on antibodies, Gomez reported. Doctors have known that most COVID-19 patients develop antibodies against the coronavirus that causes the disease.

The question has been whether or not those antibodies are what are called “neutralizing”: Do they block the virus from infecting cells?


Now, San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutic has announced that it has found an antibody in its vast library of stored antibodies that appears to do just that.

Sorrento CEO Dr. Henry Ji says its antibody, STI-1499, has provided 100% inhibition of the SARS-COV-2 virus in pre-clinical tests. Dr. Ji went so far as to call it a cure.

In order to broaden the potential effectiveness of this type of treatment, Sorrento has proposed a cocktail of three antibodies against COVID-19, attacking the virus at different weak points. To further that approach, Sorrento is partnering with Mount Sinai in New York to gain access to its more than 15,000 antibodies extracted from COVID patients.

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If Sorrento gets FDA approval for STI-1499, it says it can produce 200,000 doses a month, and will work to manufacture millions at risk, awaiting FDA approval.

We won’t know for sure until clinical trials prove this, which may not take long, but this could be the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for, Gomez reported.

Comments (10)
  1. Sammy Finkelman says:


    The holdup is that Dr. Fauci said the only way out is a vaccine – he and all the people on the government payroll don’t believe in any new ideas.

    This idea not only can be ready sooner, and manufactured faster, but it is of
    practical benefit immediately because it can be given to people already infected and to people in it is much better to forge ahead and expedite this rather than a vaccine, which can wait.

    One drawback, sort of: A vaccine may very well be ineffective if given to anyone wo got this for 3 or 6 months after they’ve been given an injection of these antibodies (or better, not an injection, but a patch, as in the skin patch with the 400 microneedles developed at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine by Dr Louis Falo. It was publicized paired with a vaccine that’s actually a vaccine for SARS (!) but it can be used to administer just about anything. You could have a package like package of Band Aids and just make it available to anyone on an airplane flight, cautioning them that taking it probably means that they can’t benefit from a vaccine for up to six months

  2. Kal says:

    So many of these companies are making claims. Probably hype….again.

  3. Rich Fiorentino says:

    This guy is from Rudan University in Chine. Be careful that he may be a spy for China, spreading fake news.

    1. Chloe Wittmen says:

      Let me guess, you also a Trump supporter.

  4. dan says:

    Considering it is human dna the most your going to get as a reaction if hives if you take too much, get a patch and we are out of this pandemic. We should not hold this up.

  5. dan says:

    its true

    1. Rich Fiorentino says:

      Do you have any info on this guy?

  6. Bonnie says:

    what is the hold up??? get the clinical trials down ASAP TODAY…

    WHO IS HOLDING THIS UP? take the politics out and get this done..

    we are counting on it…..

  7. Leon Brnstein says:

    This stock will hit $100 if that is true.

    1. bcavazos89 says:

      it will probably hit higher, way higher

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