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Repurposing Existing Drugs for Coronavirus: Scripps Research COVID-19 Updates

Scripps Research teams are looking for anti-viral drugs that could be given to people already exposed to the novel coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. One priority is to test already approved drugs, or drugs with significant safety data in humans available, which could be made available to treat coronavirus patients on a much quicker timescale than new therapies.

To do this, Calibr—the drug development division of Scripps Research—is leveraging a unique resource, the ReFRAME drug repurposing collection. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Calibr compiled ReFRAME, the world’s leading collection of known drugs, comprising over 14,000 compounds that have been approved by the FDA for other diseases or have been extensively tested for human safety.

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