Hugh McTavish is the founder and Executive Director of COVID Sanity ( He is a Ph.D. biochemist and immu-nologist and also a patent attorney. He has authored 18 refereed sci-entific journal articles and is the inventor on 21 U.S. patents. He has started two pharmaceutical companies off of his own inventions—IGF Oncology, LLC, for a targeted drug for cancer, and Squarex, LLC, for a treatment that prevents cold sores or oral herpes virus outbreaks.


The cancer drug invention came as an outgrowth of his having cancer. It was an improvement on the drugs and treatment he received as a cancer patient. The cold sore treatment he invented in order to treat his own frequent cold sores and originally tested on himself. Dr. McTavish’s previous books are Ending War in Our Lifetime: A Concrete, Realistic Plan and Wild Plants of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area: A Field Guide to Trees, Shrubs, and Wildflowers.  He lives near St. Paul, Minnesota.

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