Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is fully committed to helping protect the U.S. from COVID-19 and to speed the recovery of those affected. As a world-class research institute, we have considerable infrastructure, unique research capabilities and a dedicated team of scientists and engineers supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because of the California shelter-in-place order, LLNL is currently operating at reduced mission-critical operations; however, our researchers continue to be focused on defeating COVID-19 and are active both on- and off-site.
Since the emergence of the pandemic in January, we have been supporting the research and medical communities with tools and information to better understand COVID-19. For example, on February 3rd, we released predicted structures of a key COVID-19 viral protein to help the research community accelerate development of potential medical treatments. A summary of our initial research efforts is also available, as is information about our participation in the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. LLNL is also a part of the Department of Energy’s collective response to the pandemic.
The Laboratory is a highly collaborative organization, and we welcome partnerships with academia and industry. Our current COVID-19 research and response activities are focused on four broad areas: High Performance Computing, Detection, Medical Countermeasures and Medical Equipment. The Laboratory is also leveraging our unique capabilities and infrastructure to support the fight against COVID-19, as well as creating a COVID-19 data portal to expedite access to our modeling results. Our Innovation and Partnerships Office has identified technologies and capabilities that are currently available under free, temporary non-exclusive licenses. For technical inquiries and collaborative opportunities, please contact the Laboratory’s Biosecurity Center at biosecurity [at] llnl.gov. More information about our current activities can be found on the following pages.
- Accelerated publication - Quantitative form and fit of N95 filtering facepiece respirators are retained and coronavirus surrogate is inactivated after heat treatments
- Accelerated publication - Rapid in silico design of antibodies targeting SARS-CoV-2 using machine learning and supercomputing
- May 29, 2020 - Lab team studies calibrated AI and deep learning models to more reliably diagnose and treat disease
- May 21, 2020 - Lab provides assistance in national swab shortage
- May 19, 2020 - COVID-19 research goes public through new portal
- May 14, 2020 - Deactivating coronavirus on N95 respirators for reuse
- May 1, 2020 - LLNL’s new machine learning platform generates novel COVID-19 antibody sequences for experimental testing
- April 29, 2020 - LLNL develops ‘stopgap’ ventilator for COVID-19 use
- April 21, 2020 - Upgrades for LLNL supercomputer from AMD, Penguin Computing aid COVID-19 research
- March 26, 2020 - New partnership to unleash U.S. supercomputing resources in the fight against COVID-19
- March 26, 2020 - Lab antibody, anti-viral research aids COVID-19 response
- February 3, 2020 - Lawrence Livermore researchers release 3D protein structure predictions for the novel coronavirus
- May 5, 2020 - Advanced manufacturing innovation helps industry in COVID-19 fight
- May 5, 2020 - 3-D printed COVID-19 test swabs pass their own tests
- May 4, 2020 - Swab Shortage: FATHOM & Abiogenix Bridge the Gap with 3D Printed NP Swabs
- April 14, 2020 - LLNL’s Jim Brase explains how DOE labs are fighting (and coping with) COVID-19
- February 5, 2020 - Coronavirus: Lawrence Livermore Lab researchers examine virus in hopes of blocking, treating it
For more information about the U.S. government's response to COVID-19, see coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus. For the latest public health and safety information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, see cdc.gov/coronavirus.