Several research groups at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have projects underway to:
- Develop drugs to help prevent infection in healthy people and to help those who have been infected and are ill,
- develop faster diagnostic tests to help identify people who have been infected,
- and gain an understanding how long the virus lives on surfaces such as eating utensils, door knobs, furniture, clothing.
Brii Biosciences and Columbia University have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to fund research activities towards the prevention and cure of coronaviruses including COVID-19.
The two entities will use their research and expertise to identify and develop antiviral drugs and antibodies against COVID-19. Brii will provide funding to the university in the form of an unrestricted grant to carry out the research.