FAQ
We have received a number of questions about the project, some of which are addressed on this page: 
 
Q: Is the picture of the snake with the toddler real?  

A: No child was put at risk in the creation of this image. It was created for illustration purposes only and is made from merged images.  
 
Q: What venoms will this work against?  
A: The aim of this project is to produce a treatment that will work against a wide variety of snake venoms. Based on current research, we are hopeful that this treatment will be universal in its function and inhibit all known snake venoms. Part of the research project involves testing our treatment against a variety of venoms so we can be certain of which venoms it will be effective against.  
 
Q: How will this be better than IgG antivenom?  
A: IgG antivenom is expensive, it is produced unethically, it can cause potentially fatal allergic reactions (which could cause death sooner than a venomous bite), it may not work at all and it must be administered by a medically trained person. The treatment we aim to develop could be produced inexpensively, would be made from natural, non-animal sources, the compounds we intend to use are not known to cause fatal allergic reactions, we anticipate it will act against all snake venoms and hope to confirm this upon successful funding and no medical professional is required to administer it.  
 
Q: Will I be able to buy this for myself?  
A: Upon successful development of this product, we hope to make this available not only to the most vulnerable populations such as those in rural parts of the world, in particular Asia, Africa and South America, but we also hope to make this available to all people who feel they may be at risk from envenomation by a snake.  
 
Q: Why don't you apply for an academic or government grant?  
A: Efforts have been made and we have contacted the relevant funding bodies but have been informed that due to regulations on making grant applications in our current location, we are not eligible for any funding at this stage of our project. Although there may be funding opportunities for better known diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, snakebite is very much a neglected disease and there are no specific organisations that offer funding for a project like this. At this moment, crowdfunding is one of our best options for gaining funds to get this project going and we would like to start as soon as possible. 
 
Q: How do you know your treatment will work?  
A: The natural compounds that we intend to use have been found in plants that have been used for millennia in traditional remedies for the treatment of snakebite. Some of these remedies are still used to this day and the chemical constituents of a great number of these plants have been studied. Tests from other labs have proven proof of concept, this project will involve perfecting a treatment and ensuring that it will be effective against as many venoms as we can obtain.