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SCBIO In Action: Responding to COVID-19

SCBIO continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation as it unfolds, and its impact on South Carolina...


We continue to monitor the most up-to-date safety, infection control and health protocols recommended by experts, including the CDC, WHO, SC DHEC and others.  We're keeping our life sciences industry connected and informed with webinars, and adding important 3rd party programs as we spot them.  Check out this week's calendar of great programs below.

The life sciences industry is hard at work in South Carolina... so share how you are dealing with this global crisis.  Tell us how your organization is "stepping up" to make a difference in difficult times.  Now more than ever, America needs South Carolina life sciences... and you.

SC COVID-19 Emergency Supply Portal: Offer or Locate Supplies You Need

In partnership with SCMEP, the SC Hospital Association, and the SC Dept. of Commerce, SCBIO has launched the state's Emergency Supply Collaborative website at www.SCCOVID19.org.   The new portal connects community partners with ability to quickly source, produce, test and certify critical medical supplies (such as face shields, gowns, ventilators and masks) to support South Carolina’s COVID-19 response and assist medical providers with essential supply needs. 

Manufacturers able to expand or pivot production lines... suppliers with access to ready-made supplies... organizations able to donate supplies and PPE will be connected with healthcare providers and first responders in need through the collaborative. 

Click here to visit the site right now.

Companies needing PPE and supplies, click here.

Healthcare Providers needing access to supplies & resources, click here.

Manufacturers/Distributors with ready-to-sell PPE and equipment, click here.

Organizations, companies or individuals seeking to donate medical supplies/PPE, click here.

Making A Difference: SC Life Sciences Respond

               South Carolina organizations are on the front lines developing solutions to the COVID-19 crisis as it unfolds globally...
 

Hoowaki LLC developed an innovative one-piece injection molded design for a COVID-19 swab to help close the shortfall in global COVID-19 testing supplies. The Greenville-based micro surface engineering and product solutions company has adapted its proprietary surface technology to create the Hoowaki® NP Collection Swab shown to meet existing industry-standard demand for flexibility and performance. Equivalent to industry-standard flocked filament swabs in the collection of patient RNA that is critical for COVID-19 testing, mass production of its FDA registered solution begins this summer.

Hoowaki President Ralph Hulseman notes their swab is manufactured with advanced injection molding technologies that use equipment readily available around the world, enabling it to be produced in quantities that meet local demands anywhere in the world.


South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) and its investment affiliate, SC Launch, Inc. dedicated an additional $1.5 million in funding to support over a dozen businesses that are providing coronavirus-related solutions and to help SCRA portfolio companies continue to meet financial goals during the pandemic.  

A state-chartered organization that grows South Carolina’s innovation economy, SCRA earmarked special funding to such organizations as Zylö Therapeutics, Precision Genetics and Elastrin Therapeutics for work in COVID-19 treatment and testing. SCRA also supports companies providing solutions to the pandemic including Modjoul, Humimic Medical and Vikor Scientific, and SCRA staff are serving on taskforces with health systems and sharing COVID-19 resources online.

Join SCBIO for These Upcoming Webinars

Join SCBIO and special guests for these important upcoming webinars.  All webinars begin are EST.  unless noted.

To register for these FREE webinars, click the title of each and sign up
 

July 9:   Digital Delivery of Healthcare Services After COVID-19       12PM
                          Presented by McDermott Will & Emery

July 9:   Find Funding, Keep Your Equity:  SBIR-STTR       12PM
                          Presented by MUSC Foundation for Research Development and 3Phase SC

July 14Preparing Your Data for a Post-COVID World       12PM
                         Presented by McDermott Will & Emery

July 16South Carolina Leaders Chart State's Path Forward     10AM
                           Presented by SCBIO - featuring SC Lt. Governor Pamela Evette; State Rep.
                           Murrell Smith, Ways & Means Committee Chair; Dr. Linda Bell, SC State
                           Epidemiologist; State Sen. Thomas Alexander, Commerce & Industry Chair


 

Webinar Playback - Watch On Demand!

Missed a recent webinar?  That's OK... we have them here for your watching pleasure 24/7.  Enjoy!
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          Bold Leadership in the Eye of the Storm:  Insights & Strategies to Secure Our Future
            Presented by SCBIO; Featuring Robert Caslen, President, University of South Carolina; Lou Kennedy, CEO, Nephron
                                                 Pharmaceuticals; Dr. Phyllis Arthur, VP Infectious Diseases and Diagnostics Policy, BIO; Sen. Lindsey Graham

         Next Up:  How SC Healthcare is Taking On COVID-19 
            Featuring Dr. Danielle Scheurer, MUSC; Dr. Alain Litwin, Prisma Health; Thornton 
                                                 Kirby, SC Hospital Association; and Matthew Roberts, Nexsen Pruet

         SC Life Sciences On The Front Lines Against COVID-19 
            Featuring Lou Kennedy, CEO, Nephron Pharmaceuticals and Dr. Bill Massey,
                                                 Chief Scientific Officer, Vikor Scientific

   Regulatory Guidance to Business in Response to COVID-19   
    Featuring Medpoint, LLC's Rich Alberti, COO and Reuben Lawson, Regulatory Consultant

           Responding to COVID-19:  An Update from Washington DC
           Featuring Phyllis Arthur, VP of Infectious Disease, BIO and Andrew Fish, Chief Strategy Officer, AdvaMed

          Maintaining Cybersecurity in light of the COVID-19 Crisis    
          Featuring Delano Collins from Corsica Technologies and Corsica Cybersecurity

       Paycheck Protection Program Under The CARES Act
       Featuring Stephanie Few, Keith Mendelsohn and Sarah Wilk, Womble Bond Dickinson

       Life Sciences Investing:  Is The Faucet Still On?
       Featuring Venture Capital Experts courtesy of Southeast Life Sciences

         Hiring and Retaining a Life Sciences Workforce During COVID-19
             
Featuring SC Life Sciences HR Leaders from Thorne and ERG Payroll & HR

          Improve Your Bottom Line:  Life Sciences Savings with BIO Business Solutions   
          
Featuring Bob Dearth, BIO Business Solutions;  Jason Kempton, VWR; Sarah Glazier, Office Depot; Steve Joseph, BREX 

 

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It's 4 a.m. Do You Know Where Our Vaccine Is?

We're one-third of the way to a widely available coronavirus vaccine, experts say.  A vaccine to protect against the coronavirus will be many things wrapped up in a small vial: a harbinger of a return to normalcy, a scientific feat for the ages and, depending on when it arrives, a politically potent symbol.  

The timeline for how long it will take to get that vaccine is a moving target.  Get full details here.

SC Life Sciences Companies Are Hiring!

Check out SCBIO's recently-launched Job Board for a list of positions available immediately at SC life sciences companies that are hiring right now!

Click here to go to the Job Board.

Click here on how to post
positions you have available.

Non-members may have to register to post jobs.

 

Visit the SCBIO Careers portal.

Rethinking Supply Chains Amid Coronavirus Disruption

Supply chain risk management has been a top-of-mind business issue in executive board rooms for quite some time, but occasionally, a major disruptor brings this issue to the forefront once again.

Most recently, that disruptor has been COVID-19.  Read on for a common-sense look at why rethinking supply chains is now job one for America.

SCBIO Media Corner

Check out this continuously-refreshed mix of videos on how we'll defeat the COVID-19 threat.
 

VIDEOS & PODCASTS
Biotech's Finest Hour     Podcast

Vaccines Are a Virtue     Podcast

How COVID-19 Spreads in a Community Podcast

Biopharmaceutical Industry Innovation:
Fighting COVID-19
    
video

Doing Our Part to Fight COVID-19   video

COVID-19 In The Workplace   video

Collaborating to Address the COVID-19 Challenge   video

How The Life Sciences Industry Is Addressing COVID-19    video

Why The Coronavirus is So Confusing

The SC Chamber of Comerce has created a guide for moving SC business forward in the era of COVID-19,  including best practices and guidance on the latest public health guidelines and rules.  It explains potential liability risks to help employers manage business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics covered include:

  • Workplace Safety: What Employers Need to Know to Keep Workplaces Safe 
  • Premises Liability: How to Reduce Risks of Premises Liability
  • Employment Practices: What to Know when Managing Employees
  • Workers’ Compensation:  Workplace Injury Claims
  • Manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment

Download your free copy right here!

Interactive Coronavirus Map

Johns Hopkins University maintains an interactive map of the global status of the COVID-19 situation.