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Francis Crick Institute coronavirus (COVID-19) response

The Francis Crick Institute wants to do all we can to help tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Scientists and staff across the Crick have set aside their normal work to volunteer expertise and facilities for testing and research, to help bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control.


Last updated

20 July 2020

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At the Crick, our world-leading research expertise, facilities and flexibility put us in a unique position to help tackle COVID-19. We have rapidly transformed labs into testing facilities, and our scientists have refocussed research efforts to answer fundamental questions about the coronavirus. 

This work will help guide the development of new tests, vaccines, treatments and clinical strategies to help bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

Scientists around the world have redirected their work towards COVID-19, so collaboration and sharing are more important than ever. The CRICK COVID-19 Consortium has worked with Cancer Research UK, NHS England and the Department for Health and Social Care to share our testing protocols and learning from our experiences so it can be replicated at labs around the UK and globally. 

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COVID-19 research

The COVID-19 outbreak requires a concerted research effort that draws on a range of different disciplines. Crick researchers are working at the forefront of the scientific response to answer some of the most urgent questions about the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen, from how we can improve testing, to why it’s deadly in some people but causes no symptoms in others. 

Our COVID-19 research strategy takes a comprehensive and collaborative approach to research, bringing together multi-disciplinary teams to help guide the development of new tests, vaccines and treatments to help bring the coronavirus pandemic under control.

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COVID-19 testing

Reliable testing is essential to trace and contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), and to allow healthcare workers to safely deliver care. Working with local partners, we have repurposed our labs, using in-house equipment and skills, and opened a drive-through testing service, to support the NHS with diagnostic testing.

We can carry out up to 2,000 tests a day at the Crick, getting results within 24 hours. Our COVID-19 drive-through testing service is operated by University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust and its diagnostic partner Health Services Laboratories (HSL).


COVID-19 Consortium standard operating procedures (SOPs)

The COVID-19 Consortium has published its SOPs to provide a step-by-step approach to set up a diagnostic pipeline in an academic institute in collaboration with partner laboratories and hospital trusts.

Go directly to the page with the standard operating procedures.

Go directly to standard operating procedures

Information for staff and visitors

The safety of staff and visitors is of the highest importance to us during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are closed to visitors and have instructed Crick staff to work from home where possible.

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