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April 2020
Challenging Times
A Message from Robb Stoddard, President & CEO
Many of you have stepped forward to help with COVID-19 response with made in Alberta solutions.  From re-vamping industrial facilities to produce medical equipment for hospitals and safety gear and great volumes of hand sanitizer to all those spending tireless hours in labs across the province, Alberta’s life science sector and many BioAlberta members are doing their part to find solutions for all our benefit.

BioAlberta will continue connecting you to the supports you need now and in the coming days.  I urge you to check our website where we maintain links to federal and provincial supports and financial aid for you, your staff and your business operations as you cope during this unprecedented viral outbreak.

The information gathered from the Impact Survey has been relayed to the government and will direct them on what supports you and our life science industry needs now to manage through this critical time period. Thank you to those who sent us their input. Please continue the dialogue with us.

We are using your input to re-tool our offerings to new platforms that can better support your needs. The input captured from our 2020 Member Engagement Survey is being used to tailor outreach to what you want to see. This re-styled newsletter is the first of several changes you will see over the coming weeks.

I encourage you to connect with us on social media—see @BioAlberta on Twitter and on LinkedIn. Also, please make sure that @bioalberta.com is added to your safe domain list so you continue to get the monthly newsletter and other items.

Robb Stoddard
President & CEO
Events & Webinars
COVID-19 restrictions have impacted all events

Like other organizations, BioAlberta has put a hold on all its events until restrictions are lifted. We are looking at a series of webinars to keep you informed of changes in government supports and subsidies and other topics of interest.

Bio International has transitioned to a virtual partnering convention on June 8-11th 2020.  A number of companies have indicated interest to attend, and we are designing what a Team Alberta approach will look like.
 
As of this morning, MedTech in Toronto October 5-7, 2020 is still planning to proceed. We are working with SMEs, to prepare and host delegations to attend Medtech.  
 
Finally, Innventures is also pivoting to a virtual model for this year’s event.
 
Should you wish to talk about either of these conferences, kindly contact Joshua Lee at 780-425-3802 or via email at joshua@bioalberta.com .
SR&ED x COVID: Considerations
for life science, MedTech and manufacturing companies

April 16, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM MDT
Webinar by TSGI Corporation
Companies of all types are experiencing major disruption (or urgent changing priorities) from COVID-19, and out of this disruption, there are key questions your company should consider either as a new, prospective, or current claimant tapping into the SR&ED program (Scientific Research & Experimental Development tax credits).
 
- What is the impact of the new Federal COVID-19 business support programs on your SR&ED claim?
 
- How are different arrangements considered under SR&ED? e.g. grants, partnerships, collaborations, guaranteed first-customers, investments, foreign-parties and contract research
 
- What immediate steps are needed to balance support for a SR&ED claim vs. urgent other business priorities?
 
- What recent changes have occurred to the SR&ED program in Alberta?
 
- What does the future of the SR&ED program look like? 
 
- How can we transform the COVID disruption into an opportunity for success in claiming SR&ED?
 
Get answers to these questions and an overview of the SR&ED program. If you have any specific questions you'd like answered, please email  elliot.cudmore@tsgi.ca  ahead of time to ensure we cover it. There will be some time after the presentation to field a few questions from the audience.
 
If there's anyone in your network who you think would benefit from attending, please forward the link to them.
Trade Commissioner Service E-commerce Webinar Series 2020: Alibaba Webinar

April 23, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT

This event will support Alberta and NWT companies to develop e-commerce strategies, build, launch, and expand their business to reach Chinese and global consumers.

  • Learn more about e-commerce tools and guides available from Canadian government entities.
  • China is the world's largest e-commerce market with 610M online shoppers.
  • Alibaba operates the leading digital marketplace for global trade though its array of business unit including Alibaba.com, Tmall, Alipay, and Fliggy, making it easy to do international business.
News
COVID-19 Hand Sanitizer Production
A number of natural health product producers, spirits licensees, licensed users and brewer licensees (excise licensees) have stepped forward in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with an interest in temporarily expanding their operations to produce hand sanitizer. In some cases, licensees are requesting specially denatured alcohol registrations to allow them to possess and use specially denatured alcohol for this purpose. In other cases, spirits or brewer licensees are requesting user licences and/or approved formulations.
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Welcome to our New Members
Farewell Donna,
Welcome Christy
On a bittersweet note, we say farewell to Donna Parker, BioAlberta's Administrative Coordinator, who diligently served our organization and members for more than 15 years. We wish her happy trails and I know you all join us in wishing her health and happiness in her retirement.

Christy Fehr joined the BioAlberta office as our new Office Manager. Christy is not only a volunteer whiz who serves on several local boards ensuring that curling, football and minor hockey thrives in her home community of Sherwood Park, but she brings over 25 years of private sector bookkeeping and accounting experience to her new role with us. Her budgeting, management and customer relations background will serve us in good stead in the months to come.
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