Several activities are under way at LLNL to provide the medical community with additional protective measures so they can be better equipped to serve the public’s needs.
Emergency alternatives to hospital ventilators
- To address concerns about potential shortfalls in emergency room ventilators, we are actively researching and developing prototypes for how alternative equipment could be repurposed to meet excess demand. Download the COVID-19 Ventilator Brochure.
Methods for emergency cleaning and re-use of limited-supply personal protective equipment
- To address current shortfalls in new personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks and face shields, we are exploring rapid and effective decontamination procedures to enable temporary and emergency re-use of existing critical medical supplies.
- LLNL researchers have authored an accelerated publication: Quantitative form and fit of N95 filtering facepiece respirators are retained and coronavirus surrogate is inactivated after heat treatments
Rapid manufacturing capacity for critical consumable supplies to support diagnostics
- Sample collection swabs are among the scarce supplies that limit nationwide capabilities to test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. LLNL is evaluating and validating multiple swab designs produced by different 3D printing approaches and materials.
- LLNL is participating in a working group of multiple other Department of Energy laboratories by using 3D printing to prototype and rapidly transition to manufacturing additional consumable components such as sample vials and replacement parts for critical equipment.
- 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
- June 25, 2020 - Lab technologies help fight COVID-19
- June 9, 2020 - Lab, BMI produce FDA-approved emergency ventilator
- June 8, 2020 - Multi-lab research to improve COVID-19 diagnostics
- 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.