Hunt for a COVID 19 vaccine

The hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine is a worldwide scientific endeavour involving thousands of researchers from universities, research organisations, and drug research companies.

Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery‘s (GRIDD) Professor Bernd Rehm is spearheading a novel approach to this global challenge.

Join Professor Rehm as he explains his team’s novel platform technology which uses a synthetic version of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This approach means that not only will the virus components in the vaccine be safely assembled by microbial cell factories, but if it is successful this will allow for a high-yield bioprocess for mass production of the vaccine.

Professor Rehm and GRIDD have now partnered with Brisbane-based biomanufacturing company Luina Bio to deliver the vaccine candidates that are currently being tested on mice.

As well as speaking about the hunt for a vaccine and giving an update on his current research, Professor Bernd Rehm will be answering questions at the conclusion of his presentation.

Professor Bernd Rehm

Professor Bernd Rehm is the Director of the Centre for Cell Factories and Biopolymers. at the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery. The Centre researches and develops innovative functional materials and technologies to provide solutions for global health and environmental challenges.

Professor Rehm is author and co-author of over 200 scientific publications, which have been cited over 12,000 times. Professor Rehm is also an inventor or co-inventor on 59 patent applications, 26 of which are granted patents.

Would you like to support this research?

During the presentation we received a few questions regarding the funding for this project. As Professor Rehm mentioned, this project will require approximately $5M to be able to progress to the next stage. Any donation big or small make significant impact and allow to continue this important work

Please support this research by donating online here or contact

Ms Olga Chaourova
Development Manager
Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery
Telephone (07) 373 56065
Email [email protected]

100% of your donation will go towards this research project. Donations to Griffith of $2 or more are tax deductible in Australia.