Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The current COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder to each of us at Texas Biomed that the current situation is the very reason the Institute exists. This is a unique and trying time for the country and the world. The Institute’s very existence grew out of the desire to meet the challenges of such a time. And, our team is rallying to meet the needs of our scientific community in developing animal models, studying the virus and examining potential diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines to combat the new coronavirus. Scientists here have begun their own research, and we are working with collaborators worldwide to execute leading research into COVID-19. The Institute’s unique resources in the Southwest National Primate Research Center and its BSL-3 and BSL-4 laboratories position enable scientists to perform cutting-edge research in a regulated environment built specifically for diseases like this one. Please read below for more information on the projects currently being implemented, coronavirus prevention tips, and FAQs.
While our team is diving into the research, we are well aware we must take precautions for the safety of our staff and the community, which is why Texas Biomed is closing its campus and allowing only employees, graduate students, necessary vendors, and critical delivery personnel to access campus. The Texas Biomed outreach program, which includes tours and community education events, has been suspended for the months of March and April. Please check our COVID-19 Resources page with more online resources our community can use. We encourage you to visit our website regularly for updates and new information.
Updated April 3, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions & Other helpful links
Texas Biomedical Research Institute in the News
- News 4 San Antonio Mar. 26, 2020 Red McCombs launches vehicle pickup, delivery service in response to COVID-19 pandemic
- Fox San Antonio March 26, 2020: USAA donates $2.3 million to military-focused nonprofits, $4.4 million nationally
- New Release: Mar. 26, 2020 Texas Biomed accelerates novel multi-species, comprehensive study to identify COVID-19 animal model supporting drug development efforts
- Texas Public Radio Mar. 19, 2020 Caution Vs. Panic: What’s Being Done to Limit COVID-19 Spread, Anxiety In San Antonio?
- Spectrum News Mar. 18, 2020 Texas Biomedical Research Institute Begins Research on COVID-19
- KENS 5 NEWS Mar. 16, 2020 H-E-B makes donation to local researchers tackling coronavirus
- Statesman Mar. 16, 2020 Texas biotech community joins coronavirus fight
- KABB Fox News San Antonio Mar. 9, 2020 Texas Biomedical Research Institute hopes their studies will lead to coronavirus vaccine
- Bloomberg Quint Mar. 7, 2020: Texas Baboon Troop Enlisted in Humankind’s War on Coronavirus
- San Antonio Express News Feb. 28, 2020: At some San Antonio companies, threat of coronavirus means no hugging or handshakes
- Texas Public Radio Feb. 20, 2020: What We Know About Coronavirus Around The World And In San Antonio
- San Antonio Business Journal Feb. 19, 2020: SwRI screening tech advances coronavirus treatment efforts
- KENS 5 San Antonio Feb. 14, 2020: Health experts, UIW administrators clear up misconceptions about coronavirus
- KSAT San Antonio Feb. 13, 2020: San Antonio scientists to join worldwide efforts to find a cure for coronavirus
- News 4 San Antonio Feb. 3, 2020: Plan to house evacuees from China at Lackland for coronavirus quarantine raises concerns
- TX Biobytes from Texas Biomed Episode 050 — New Coronavirus: Q&A