You’ve got innovation, we’ve got investors

August 28, 2020
It’s the last Friday in what’s been a busy August. Below, what you need to do if you want to network with biotech innovators or investors, plus some news links for the weekend (including an announcement about funding for the EcoHealth Alliance). Here are about 670…
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It’s the last Friday in what’s been a busy August. Below, what you need to do if you want to network with biotech innovators or investors, plus some news links for the weekend (including an announcement about funding for the EcoHealth Alliance). Here are about 670 words, or 3 minutes, 20 seconds.

You’ve got innovation, we’ve got investors

Here’s the scoop on how to network and make the connections you need—even while social distancing.

The private biotech sector has racked up record-breaking investments during the first half of 2020, writes BIO’s Theresa Brady.

In fact, venture capital funding for biotech companies topped over $6.4B in the second quarter of 2020—which is more than what was raised annually in every year prior to 2014

What’s behind it? The industry’s rapid response to COVID-19 and unprecedented level of collaboration have boosted interest in the sector—and as the Wall Street Journal recently reported, investors are particularly interested in companies researching COVID-19 therapeutics and vaccines.

And investors have not lost sight of the fact that biotech has the potential to deliver solutions for other unmet patient needs, too—and emerging companies are often the ones to uncover the next big breakthroughs.

Ok, so there are innovative biotechs and interested investors. How can I meet them when I’m supposed to be social distancing? Join us for BIO Investor Forum Digital, taking place October 13-15, 2020, entirely online. Already, more than 145 investors are registered for the event. 

How will it work? Attendees will have access to the BIO One-on-One Partnering system (with calendar capability across time zones) as well as interactive education sessions, curated small-group discussions by therapeutic area, and on-demand company presentations showcasing a company’s pipeline, R&D activities, and fundraising goals. 

Learn more and register for BIO Investor Forum Digital.

Looking for manufacturing partners? We recently launched the COVID-19 Therapeutics Manufacturing Capability Search Tool, an online tool to allow companies who are developing COVID-19 therapeutics to quickly identify a shortlist of potential partners. 

Looking for the latest on the election or the environment? Don’t forget about our other upcoming events:

  • September 14, 2020: Biotech Votes 2020, our FREE webinar with analysis on the presidential election, the hurdles between now and election day, “must-pass” legislation, a potential Congressional COVID relief package, and the post-presidential conventions landscape.
  • September 21-22, 2020: BIO IMPACT Digital (formerly BIO World Congress), the virtual education and partnering event for the agriculture and environment biotech industry.

 

More Health Care News: 

Bloomberg: Operation Warp Speed hedges bets on different vaccine platforms
“The White House has secured eight experimental coronavirus vaccines through its ‘Operation Warp Speed’ effort.”

 

Agriculture and Environment News: 

Feedstuffs: EPA, USDA launch next-generation fertilizer challenge
“The shared goal here is to accelerate the development of next-generation fertilizers for corn production that can either maintain or increase crop yields while reducing environmental impacts to our air, land, and water,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. 

NIH: NIH establishes Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases
“The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that it has awarded 11 grants with a total first-year value of approximately $17 million to establish the Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases (CREID). The global network will involve multidisciplinary investigations into how and where viruses and other pathogens emerge from wildlife and spillover to cause disease in people.” 

STAT News: NIH awards $7.5 million grant to EcoHealth Alliance, months after uproar over political interference
“EcoHealth was chosen as one of 11 institutions or research teams to be funded for work to determine how and where viruses and other new pathogens emerge from nature to begin infecting people. EcoHealth’s portion of the five-year, $82 million award will focus on Southeast Asia and the emergence of coronaviruses; filoviruses, the family responsible for Ebola; and paramyxoviruses, a family of viruses that includes measles and mumps.”

 
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President Trump’s Friday: During last night’s RNC acceptance speech at the White House, he pledged to have a COVID-19 vaccine this year; STAT News has details. Today, he’s getting an update on Hurricane Laura, then heading to New Hampshire for a campaign rally.

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill: The Committee on House Administration is holding a virtual hearing on voting safely in a pandemic. POLITICO takes a look at where things stand on coronavirus aid negotiations.

 
 
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