NEW YORK, July 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- AIkido Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: AIKI) ("AIkido" or the "Company") today provided an update to the progress of its antiviral platform with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  The Company stated:

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The goal for the project is the identification and optimization of anti-viral compounds that inhibit viral replication by targeting a protein complex that degrades RNA at the cellular level.  Scientists have identified proteins that are required for viral replication in these viruses.  Computers were also used to aid the drug design approach by identifying compounds that are predicted to block viral replication.  From this work, scientists have identified 4 lead compounds that block Influenza, Coronavirus (CoV-2), and Ebolavirus replication.   

Anthony Hayes, CEO of AIkido Pharma stated, "Moving forward, the upcoming phase is to optimize the best of these compounds to make them even better.  At the same time, the scientists will take the compounds and measure how well they are bioavailable in the lungs when given either as an injection or as an oral dosing.  Ultimately the goal is to have compounds that demonstrate strong antiviral activity against Influenza virus, SARS-CoV-2, and Ebolavirus.  These illnesses have significant unmet medical needs as demonstrated by their continued resurgence and represent tremendous market opportunities."

About AIkido Pharma Inc.
AIkido Pharma Inc. was initially formed in 1967 and is a biotechnology Company with a diverse portfolio of small-molecule anti-cancer therapeutics.  The Company's platform consists of patented technology from leading universities and researchers, and we are currently in the process of developing an innovative therapeutic drug platform through strong partnerships with world renowned educational institutions, including The University of Texas at Austin and University of Maryland at Baltimore. Our diverse pipeline of therapeutics includes therapies for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. We are constantly seeking to grow our pipeline to treat unmet medical needs in oncology.  The Company is also developing a broad-spectrum antiviral platform that may potentially inhibit replication of multiple viruses including Influenza virus, SARS-CoV (coronavirus), MERS-CoV, Ebolavirus and Marburg virus.

Forward-Looking Statements
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Contact:

Investor Relations:      

Hayden IR
Brett Maas, Managing Partner
Phone: (646) 536-7331
Email: brett@haydenir.com
www.haydenir.com

AIkido Pharma Inc.:   

Phone: 212-745-1373
Email: investorrelations@aikidopharma.com
www.aikidopharma.com

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