July Update: OpenPandemics - COVID-19

The research team continues their data analysis, and lab testing is ongoing for potential COVID-19 treatments.


OpenPandemics - COVID-19 was created to help accelerate the search for potential COVID-19 treatments. The project also aims to build a fast-response, open source toolkit that can help all scientists quickly search for treatments in the event of future pandemics. 

In late 2020, the researchers announced that they had selected 70 compounds (from an original group of approximately 20,000) that could be promising to be investigated as potential inhibitors of the virus that causes COVID-19. Lab testing is ongoing for 25 of these compounds.

Project update from researchers

The research team gave us an official update earlier this month. Highlights from the update include:

  • What they learned about their own workflow and tools during this spring's stress test, and how this could help current and future research
  • More information about exactly what they're analyzing with the help of donated computing power
  • Details about the ongoing lab testing of compounds that could be potential treatments for COVID-19

Since the update was published, they've also begun looking ahead to possibly testing a second set of compounds. They will share further details if and when this happens.

Current status of work units


  • Available for download: 3,601 batches
  • In progress:  2,245 batches
  • Completed:  53,615 batches
                         2,950 batches in the last 30 days
                         Average of 98.0 batches per day
  • Estimated backlog: 36.6 days


  • Available for download: 6,338 batches
  • In progress:   5,441 batches
  • Completed:   60,876 batches
                          9,520 batches in the last 30 days
                         Average of 317.0 per day
  • Estimated backlog: 20.0 days

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