We launched a Coronavirus Business Resource Center

March 10, 2020
We launched a Coronavirus Business Resource Center to help companies navigate the coronavirus—keep reading for details. We also have news on whether or not Congress will self-quarantine, as well as a podcast on sustainable food innovations driven by biotech to help you…

We launched a Coronavirus Business Resource Center to help companies navigate the coronavirus—keep reading for details. We also have news on whether or not Congress will self-quarantine, as well as a podcast on sustainable food innovations driven by biotech to help you take your mind off the coronavirus, in 765 words, 3 minutes, 50 seconds.

We launched a Coronavirus Business Resource Center

Coronavirus news continues to evolve rapidly by the day and even by the hour. Since sending yesterday’s newsletter, for example, California’s Silicon Valley and Santa Clara County have banned all large gatherings, while Italy’s Prime Minister has locked down the entire country.

To help companies stay on top of news and guidance and formulate the proper response, we launched the BIO Coronavirus Business Resource Center.

The new toolkit is designed to keep you informed on several areas, including:

  • Business continuity and employee relations, including current guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Travel, including global restrictions and updates on BIO meetings.
  • Supply chain resources, with surveys and links to report supply shortages.
  • How you can help, with links to opportunities to donate supplies or monetary funds.

The industry is making changes to spring meetings. As previously reported, BIO Asia was canceled, and BIO-Europe Spring will be held virtually. We’ll continue to update our resource center with news.

Let’s keep biotech innovation moving—and listen to the experts. Biopharmaceutical companies are ramping up efforts to study the virus and develop vaccines and cures to protect individuals from contracting the virus, so business continuity is critical. But we must ensure the safety of employees, and heed guidance from the WHO and CDC when making decisions. We hope the resource center helps. 

For the latest news on the coronavirus and industry efforts to fight it, visit www.bio.org/coronavirus.


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STAT: Hardly anyone likes the Trump administration's importation plan
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Biotech for farmers, consumers, and the planet

Biotech is a key player in the quest to ensure the longevity and environmental sustainability of our food supply in the face of climate change and a growing population. We joined a podcast focused on reducing waste to talk about some of these solutions.

The details: Dana O’Brien, BIO’s EVP of Food and Agriculture, was interviewed about sustainable biotech innovations for the latest episode of the Zero Waste Countdown Podcast. He was joined by Andy LaVigne, President and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association.

Our population is getting close to 8 billion—which is “a lot of mouths to feed,” said host Laura Nash.

But it’s less about feeding the world, explained Dana O’Brien, and more about “how we use our understanding of biology to do more with less,” and enable farmers to produce more nutritious food with less stress on the land, less water, and fewer chemical inputs. 

And there are a lot of these innovations—like crops tolerant to drought or salty soil, and animals more tolerant to rising temperatures.

But there’s no reason to be afraid of gene editing, because “we’ve been doing this since people lived in caves,” said Andy LaVigne, but we now have the genetic code mapped and technology like CRISPR to allow us to do it quickly and precisely, using less time and resources than traditional breeding techniques.

To learn more about the innovations helping farmers, consumers, and the planet, listen to the whole conversation.


More Agriculture & Environment News:

Bloomberg Quint: Oil’s epic crash reminds farmers they’re also energy traders
Growers have become more vulnerable to energy swings over the past decades as nations from the U.S. to Brazil mandated the use of biofuels… As oil suffers its steepest plunge since the Gulf War in 1991 and the coronavirus spreads across the globe, agriculture markets are feeling the pinch." 

Innovators: Biofuel trips are cleaner
“Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Michigan State University (MSU) have discovered that fuels made from a range of crops grown on land with little agriculture value can mitigate the effects of global warming.”

BIO Beltway Report

President Trump’s Tuesday: He’s giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom to General Jack Keane. The Coronavirus Task Force is scheduled to hold a press briefing at 5:30pm ET.

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill: The House and Senate are in session, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says there are no plans for a long-term coronavirus recess, even as six lawmakers go into self-quarantine after contact with coronavirus patients. (Though, it’s worth noting, a recess is already on the schedule for next week.) It’s a busy day in the House, with an Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the CDC’s FY2021 budget request, and Agriculture hearing on stakeholder perspectives on U.S. agricultural trade, as well as hearings on the impact of the coronavirus on small businesses and coronavirus emergency preparedness and response.

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