COVID-19 Timeline

200+ people

Trained in CCMB and other organizations (medical hospitals, universities and research institutes).

training.png
22nd March

Training

The culture is used for vaccine and antisera development, and testing antiviral drugs and sanitization measures

cell_culture
3rd April

Coronavirus culturing

25 products

have been validated so far at CCMB. 10 more under validation.

validation
13th April

Validation of COVID-19 testing kits

Validated by DBT-CDFD and IISER-Berhampur. Preprint published on Jun 1st. Sent recommendations to ICMR on Jun 4th and the office of Principal Scientific Advisor on June 13th. Questions raised by ICMR on July 20th, which were addressed in a day. Approval still awaited from ICMR to use the method as an alternate testing method in India. Published in Oxford Academic Biology Methods & Protocols.

dry swab testing
20th May

Development of dry swab one-step PCR test for COVID-19

Monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies are in development

hybridoma preparation for antibodies
19th June

Hybridoma preparation for antibodies against SARS COV-2

25000+ samples

have been tested so far at CCMB

31st March

Testing



testing

500 genomes

of coronavirus sequenced. >300 submitted to GISAID. Found an uncharacterized population of coronavirus (Clade I/A3i), which had spread but eventually faded away. Finding submitted to bioRxiv. Finds the current prevalent strain in India matches the globally prevalent strain – Clade A2a

6th April

Genome sequencing of Coronavirus

genome_sequencing

Partners with VINS BioProducts, INTEL, IIIT, Bharat Biotech, Syngene among others in developing COVID-19 testing methods and therapeutics

1st May

Multiple partnerships with industries

MoU

Pilot run in Telangana and Karnataka with (x) number of samples

1st June

Development of NGS-based COVID-19 testing

NGS based testing

6% of Hyderabad's Population

has shed the coronavirus in the month of July. Finding submitted to medRxiv

1st July

Wastewater-based COVID-19 mass surveillance

water based covid-19 mass surveillance

COVID-19 Timeline

22nd March
Training

Trained over 200 people in CCMB and other organizations (medical hospitals, universities and research institutes)

31st March
Testing

CCMB has tested about 25,000 samples so far.

3rd April
Coronavirus culturing

The culture is used for vaccine and antisera development, and testing antiviral drugs and sanitization measures.

6th April
Genome sequencing of coronavirus

Genomes of ~500 Indian isolates of coronavirus sequenced. >300 submitted to GISAID. Found an uncharacterized population of coronavirus (Clade A3i), which had spread but eventually faded away. Finding submitted to bioRxiv. Finds the current prevalent strain in India matches the globally prevalent strain – Clade A2a.

13th April
Validation of COVID-19 testing kits

CCMB has validated 25 products so far. 10 more under validation

1st May
Multiple partnerships with industries

Partners with VINS BioProducts, INTEL, IIIT, Bharat Biotech, Syngene among others in developing COVID-19 testing methods and therapeutics.

20th May
Development of dry swab one-step PCR test for COVID-19

Validated by DBT-CDFD and IISER-Berhampur. Posted preprint on Jun 1st. Sent recommendations to ICMR on Jun 4th and office of Principal Scientific Advisor on Jun 13th. Questions raised by ICMR on Jul 20 replied in a day. Approval still awaited from ICMR to use the method as an alternate testing method in India. Published in Oxford Academic Biology Methods & Protocols.

1st June
Development of NGS-based COVID-19 testing

Pilot run in Telangana and Karnataka with (x) number of samples

19th June
Hybridoma preparation for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2

Monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies are in development

1st July
Wastewater-based COVID-19 mass surveillance

Estimates at least 6% of Hyderabad's population has shed the coronavirus in the month of July. Finding submitted to medRxiv.

About CCMB

The Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB) is a premier research organization in frontier areas of modern biology. The objectives of the Centre are to conduct high quality basic research and training in frontier areas of modern biology, and promote centralised national facilities for new and modern techniques in the inter-disciplinary areas of biology.

CCMB was set up initially as a semi-autonomous Centre on April 1, 1977 with the Biochemistry Division of the then Regional Research Laboratory (presently, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, IICT) Hyderabad forming its nucleus and Dr P M Bhargava heading the new Centre. CCMB moved to its present campus on November 26, 1987.

More

Research

CCMB conducts exploratory research addressing the fundamental questions in biology. It also seeks to develop technology based on the basic research findings towards the unmet societal needs of the country.

Today / upcoming at CCMB

Events