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THBI is actively communicating and working with elected officials, state agencies, industry partners and Texas entities to ensure the state of Texas is on the forefront of combating coronavirus, and taking proper action to keep the state safe during the global outbreak. We will be providing our partners regular updates on how our industry is responding to the epidemic. 


Updates from the Texas Legislature

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order, Implements Statewide Essential Services And Activities Protocols
The Executive Order follows the decision by President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance social distancing guidelines and extend the deadline for these guidelines to April 30th.

Texas' Response

Scientist Peter Hotez on Why Vaccine Development is ‘Critical to the Security of Our Nation’
Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, spoke with the Observer about the United States’ coronavirus response and the need to invest in public health much, much earlier. 

U.S. Hospitals Have a Ventilator Shortage. A Team of Rice Engineers Say They Have a Solution
Student engineers are rushing to finish a project that is arguably among the most consequential in the world at the moment, one that could be deployed to the public as early as next week: a $300 3D-printable automated ventilator.

Stay Connected

THBI has published a COVID-19 page on for helpful resources and an archive of the THBI COVID-19 email updates. 

Resource Center

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
At TWC, the health and well-being of our employers, employees and communities is our top priority. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our customers.

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

DSHS is responding COVID-19 outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China. For prevention tips, symptoms, traveler information, and healthcare provider resources, see our COVID-19 website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. They are closely monitoring an outbreak caused COVID-19 and are the go to resource for the U.S.

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Coronavirus Business Resource Center

As many BIO members work to develop diagnostics, vaccines and treatments to address the global COVID-19 outbreak, BIO has provided resources to help companies continue their operations with minimum disruption and keep their employees safe and healthy. 

Our Members Response

Trauma Insight, a San Antonio-based organization has partnered with Slope IO to help the Government and industry address the medical and clinical trial logistics associated with the Nation’s COVID-19 response
The federal government has called upon companies to develop innovations for point of care information systems and to help design and better execute clinical trials. They have submitted a proposal to the Medical CBRN Defense Consortium to improve clinical trial logistics.
Johnson & Johnson CEO announces vaccine candidate with high degree of probability
Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, one of several companies that’s developed a potential coronavirus vaccine, tells TODAY that his company has a candidate “that has a high degree of probability of being successful.”

The FDA has approved emergency use of a new coronavirus test that delivers positive results in 5 minutes and negative results in 13
After Abbott Laboratories received approval on Friday, the medical device company announced that it would be ramping up its production to make 50,000 units per day as early as next week. The tests will be available beginning on April 1.

Eli Lilly is addressing affordability for insulin patients who may be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
With so many Americans losing jobs and income because of the COVID-19 crisis, insulin affordability is as important as ever. Those with lower incomes, or no income at all, can call the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center if they are unable to afford their Lilly insulin.

The Austin Community College Bioscience Incubator is asking help in creating a national database of scientists willing and able to aid in the fight against this disease

Become a THBI Member

THBI is the Texas policy voice for the healthcare and bioscience industry. With a focus on advocacy, public policy and industry vitalization, THBI works with government and industry leaders to enhance and further establish the life sciences in Texas, and to promote effective legislation at the state and federal level. 

There is no better time to join the conversation and become a member of THBI. Our members are on the forefront of collaboration and the research and development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics to combat COVID-19. No matter the size of your company or level of involvement, your participation at the table is important. To learn more about membership opportunities, email 

BIO Busuiness Solutions

As the world has been dealing with the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, BIO has been working with partners and member companies on business continuity, mitigation and contingency planning. As part of BIO Business Solutions Cost Savings Program, VWR provides easy access to critical products needed for the identification and research of COVID-19 based on current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.

VWR serves as a leading global provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers.

To become a THBI member and gain access to the BIO Business Solutions purchasing program, email

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