COVID-19: Drugs in Development


The COVID-19 outbreak, which started in December 2019 in Wuhan City, China, was declared a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" by the WHO on January 30, 2020. The outbreak was characterized as a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

Currently, there are no drugs to treat COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Listed below are companies that are in the race to find a treatment or vaccine for the novel coronavirus.

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Company Name
Current Stage
Next Milestone
Last Updated
Trevena, Inc.
TRV027 has been selected for an National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded ACTIV (Accelerating Covid-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines) trial in Covid-19 patients.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC)
Positive data reported from the home cohort of SG016 Phase 2 study of SNG001 in Covid-19 patients. Also announced encouraging combined data for whole SG016 trial.
Data readout from the ongoing Phase 3 study in the second half of 2021.
Bavarian Nordic A/S
Additional preclinical data showing the vaccine candidate's ability to induce neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 variants, were reported.
Phase 2 study to start in the second quarter of 2021.
Merck & Co Inc.
Merck signed voluntary licensing agreements with five Indian generics manufacturers including Cipla Limited, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited, Emcure Pharmaceuticals Limited, Hetero Labs Limited and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited for its drug candidate Molnupiravir. Phase 3 study of Molnupiravir in non-hospitalized patients with confirmed Covid-19 is currently going on.
Ridgeback Biotherapeutics
Kintor Pharmaceuticals
Initiated Phase 3 study of Proxalutamide in male patients with mild or moderate Covid-19 symptoms in the U.S.
Covid-19 vaccine candidate
The Interim Order (IO) rolling submission of Medicago's adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been accepted by Health Canada for review.
File last portion of the IO rolling submission after the Covid-19 vaccine efficacy and safety endpoint of the Phase 3 trial is reached.
Verona Pharma plc
The pilot study of a pressurized metered-dose inhaler (pMDI) formulation of ensifentrine showed that ensifentrine was well tolerated in patients hospitalized with Covid-19.
Trevena, Inc.
TRV027 has been selcted to include in a Phase 2-Phase 3 trial as part of REMAP-CAP (Randomised, Embedded, Multi-factorial, Adaptive Platform Trial for Community-Acquired Pneumonia) in COVID-19 patients.

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Editors Pick
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