German medical device company Bitop is looking for a new way to protect at-risk populations, particularly in countries with developing industry

Scientists at German medical devices company Bitop have developed an inhaler that can help people counteract health issues caused by air pollution.

The inhaler delivers a compound called ectoine which can protect people from toxic air by forming a protective layer on the surface of lung cells. “It is quite an inert molecule that does one main thing, which is bind water, which stabilizes cell membrane tissues against physical or chemical damage. It supports the natural barrier,”said Dr Andreas Bilstein, of Bitop.  Ectoine was first discovered in Egypt in the 1980s in a desert bacterium that uses ectoine to conserve water in extreme heat.

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