Plant based coronavirus vaccine is being developed by iBio and Beijing CC Pharming using iBio's FastPharming System™ for the treatment of COVID-2019 infections. FastPharming System™ combines vertical farming, automated hydroponics, and glycan engineering technologies wherein plants are used as bioreactors for development of vaccines and biologics. Preclinical development is underway in the US. Early research is underway in China.
In April 2020,iBio signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) to support iBio’s SARS-CoV-2 Virus-Like Particle (VLP) vaccine development. The MOU calls for iBio and IDRI to establish a separate, additional agreement within the next 60 days if iBio opts to include one of IDRI’s adjuvants in the COVID-19 vaccine development programme (IBIO 200). The MoU integrates IDRI into iBio’s collaboration with the Texas A&M University System to create a strong partnership that brings deep experience and advanced technologies and capabilities to the task of moving IBIO 200 into the clinic. 
In June 2016, Texas A&M University System entered into a development agreement with iBio for collaborative program in plant-produced pharmaceuticals. The collaboration will use the research and development resources of TAMUS with the commercial therapeutics and vaccine development and manufacturing capabilities of iBio. 
Key Development Milestones
In March 2020, iBio initiated preclinical studies of IBIO 200 at the Texas A&M University System (“TAMUS”) laboratories as part of the Master Joint Development Agreement established between iBio and TAMUS  .
As of February 2020, plant based coronavirus vaccine is in early research for the treatment of COVID-2019 infections  .