Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2)

The current COVID-19 pandemic underscores the importance of the Institute’s mission and has quickly galvanized the scientific team and engaged the Institute’s supporters to mobilize resources and aid the world in finding interventions to fight COVID-19. Texas Biomed is capitalizing on its strengths – outstanding collaborative scientists and unique assets and resources. Texas Biomed is home to the nation’s only privately-owned BSL4 facility, five fully outfitted BSL3 facilities with the latest technologies and the Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC). The Institute has worked for decades with government (HHS: NIH, BARDA; DoD), private and public partners performing regulated, GLP-level studies that have helped bring the hepatitis B vaccine, hepatitis C therapies, and the current Ebola therapy to the FDA and ultimately to patients. The Institute focuses on a core understanding of the basic biology of infectious diseases, animal model development, and studies to move therapies and vaccines to human clinical trials. The Institute’s independent, nonprofit business model moves science from the bench to clinical trials faster and with less bureaucracy.

Please read below for more information on the current and pending projects, COVID-19 prevention tips, FAQs and News.

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, have been suspended for 2020. Please check our COVID-19 Resources page with more online resources for the community. We encourage you to visit our website regularly for updates and new information.

Texas Biomed cares about our local and global community. That’s why we encourage you to continue to practice safe social distancing measures, cover your face and mouth and wash your hands with soap and water regularly.

Updated July 20, 2020

Current SARS-CoV-2 Research Projects at Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Coronavirus COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the U.S. Credit: NIAID-RML

COVID-19 Symptoms (CDC)

City of San Antonio COVID-19 interactive website