SAN ANTONIO -- Researchers all across the nation right now are working in overdrive in hopes to curtail the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Texas Biomedical Research Institute is studying a variety of ways to flatten the curve.
- Studying COVID-19 in order to treat/prevent spread
- Expecting results within the next 30-45 days
"We wake up in the morning thinking about how we can do better to make humans live a healthier life. That’s what we do in science," said Dr. Larry Schlesinger, the president and CEO Texas Biomedical Research Institute. "We have warriors at this institute. Our scientist who are working overtime on several projects to look for new cures for this SARS Coronavirus-II."
It’s all hands on deck at the research campus in San Antonio. Scientists are developing ways to study COVID-19 in order to properly diagnose, treat, and prevent the spread.
"What we’re looking at are these antibodies, broad proteins in our bloodstream that people acquire after they had the virus infection that can neutralize the virus and provide a platform for new cures," said Schlesinger.
Some researchers are working on a faster, simpler diagnostics test while others are working around the clock to create a baseline for therapy and vaccines. The overall goal is to cut down the length and severity of infections.
"We have a team of over 30 scientist and staff working for that best model," said Schlesinger. "We hope to have results in the next 30-45 days."
"We have a vaccine that was made in the East Coast in Massachusetts. It’s going into what we call phase one study which is a small study to just make sure this new vaccine is safe. But that’s only step one of a long process," said Schlesinger. "By step two and step three, we need to have a lot more information on whether this vaccine is going to work in humans including, having them tested in the models I’ve been talking about."
The Texas Biomedical Research Institute is no longer allowing visitors onto their campus due to the COVID-19 outbreak.