Carpet vipers (Echis spp.) are venomous snakes found across northern Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Their venom contains toxins that damage skin proteins and harm healthy tissues. These toxins are so potent that carpet vipers have evolved peptides to protect themselves from their own venom. Venomtech, have synthesised the defensive peptides, to create ViPep-5™.
ViPep-5™ is a biologically active peptide derived from carpet viper venom. Moisturisers, could be formulated from ViPep-5™ to protect skin from metal ions and other toxins. A face wash or scrub could be formulated to remove these pollutants from skin. ViPep-5™ has been shown to reduce the amount of zinc by up to 87%.