Our research in response to the global pandemic

Until a vaccine is available, there is an immediate need for medicines that can prevent life-threatening complications of COVID-19.

Timeline

Identifying a potential coronavirus treatment using our Knowledge Graph

1-2 February 2020

Our platform surfaced potential drugs and through a triage process we identified Baricitinib, as a potential treatment to inhibit viral infection.

4 February 2020

Our research was published in The Lancet and we signed the Wellcome Trust pledge to share our research in response to the emerging global health crisis.

28 February 2020

We published a second paper examining the affinity and selectivity of all the approved drugs. This further research indicated that Baricitinib reduces endocytosis and the body’s hyperinflammatory response to the virus, thus potentially reducing patient mortality rates.

10 April 2020

Eli Lilly, who owns Baricitinib, announced an agreement with the US National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to enter Baricitinib into clinical trials in the US, with planned expansion to additional sites in Europe and Asia. Results are expected within the next few months.

15 June 2020

Eli Lilly announced their decision to begin an additional phase 3 clinical trial of Baricitinib to treat COVID-19, planning to enrol 400 patients with data expected in the next few months.

26 June 2020

Further experimental data supporting our AI-derived hypothesis and early results from clinical testing were published in the European Molecular Biology Organization Molecular Medicine Journal. This research was conducted in partnership with Eli Lilly.

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