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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

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 Announces Texas Military Department, Prestige Ameritech Partnership To Increase Mask Production
Prestige Ameritech's 24-hour operation at their headquarters near Fort Worth will be staffed in part by members of the Texas National Guard 36th Infantry Division and will produce 2 million masks per week. 

Lieutenant Governor Patrick appoints business task force to re-state the economy 
"I have spoken to hundreds of business leaders across the state since the pandemic began, and I know they are already thinking about steps that will need to be taken to put the economy back together when the time comes. I am confident Texas can lead a strong economic recovery both in our state and nationwide and I want to make sure we are ready to go as soon as possible.”

THBI Updates

THBI Covid-19 Webinar Recap
On Tuesday, April 7th, THBI kicked off the BioTexas Cafe virtual series with Texas Biomedical Research Institute's Dr. Larry Schlesinger, CEO and Dr. Joanne Turner, Vice President for Research for a discussion on the Institute’s unique role in the bioscience landscape and how its team of researchers are tackling COVID-19. To view a copy of the presentation, visit www.thbi.com/biotexascafe. 

COVID-19 and the Importance of Policy on Public Health
Next week, THBI will host the members-only BioTexas Cafe with Dr. Rodney Rohde for a discussion on best practices policy leaders can learn from COVID-19 and how to be better prepared for the next virus. 

CPRIT and COVID-19

CPRIT Launches New COVID-19 Webpage
CPRIT will continue to post new information to the COVID-19 webpage for information, guidance, and frequently asked questions related to COVID-19’s impact on CPRIT grants.

CPRIT will continue to accept nominations for the CPRIT recruitment awards listed below through June 20 for Fiscal Year 2020
Due to the unknown effects of COVID-19 and declining oil-based revenues on the Fiscal Year 2021 state budget, CPRIT has not scheduled any release dates for requests for applications from all CPRIT programs. We will provide updates on Fiscal Year 2021 grant applications on our website.
   

Resource Center

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES 
Many companies in Texas have the capabilities to provide significant resources to fight COVID-19. If your company is seeking funding, here are some helpful resources. 

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 Industry's Response

In the midst of this global pandemic, our industry is doing what we are uniquely positioned to do: testing new and existing treatments to determine what might work against COVID-19 and developing new vaccines to prevent it
Now, companies are committing billions to test existing medicines that can potentially treat infected patients and identify possible vaccine candidates that could prevent the disease. There are 284 clinical trials for potential treatments and vaccines underway around the United States and the world right now.

How we are fighting COVID-19

PhRMA has created the Medicine Assistance Tool to help patients make more informed health care decisions by providing more transparency about medicine costs
PhRMA’s Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT) is a search engine designed to help patients, caregivers and health care providers learn more about the financial assistance resources available through the various biopharmaceutical industry programs. 

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 julia@thbi.com. 

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, we have several benefits to help you run your business, access resources and reduce spending.

Clean Harbors is the largest emergency response provider in North America and offers the most comprehensive remediation and decontamination services 

To become a THBI member and gain access to the BIO Business Solutions purchasing program, email julia@thbi.com.

Stay Connected

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