Dear members, partners & friends,

If you missed our panel discussion about the Covid-19 vaccines last week, I recommend you listen into our recording. We are extremely pleased that we could bring you these four executives and experts who were uniquely qualified to speak on this topic (see our recap below).

Looking ahead, we are offering two virtual events next week; there is still time to sign up.

As previously announced, GABC's Fireside Chat (members only) is coming back on March 8th with a presentation of a very interesting business case followed by networking. Registration is open.

Stay healthy.

Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
Upcoming GABC Events
This is the fourth in a series of monthly “Smart Cities” virtual events leading up to our German-American Economic Forum, now scheduled for 2021. #GAEF2021
Circular Economy for Waste Management
The delivery economy has taken off during the pandemic leading to increasing amounts of packaging waste and adding to an already existing waste crisis. As Asia is beginning to ban the import of plastic waste from western countries, it’s time to rethink waste management and also look at new packaging solutions.

Panel Discussion:
  • Sebastian Frisch, Sr. Partner, BlackForest Solutions
  • Megan Wolski, Innovation Engagement, DHL
  • Annette Wiedenbach, GABC SmartCities Task Force (Moderator)

Date: Thursday, Feb 18th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST
Platform: Zoom Meeting
Finance for Non-Finance Folks!
This one-hour workshop is presented by the GABC Young Professionals as part of their Career Development series and will include a primer on the most important terminology in finance, how to read financial statements, and what drives value. (Note: this event will take place on President's Day)

Fabian Schober, CFO, TÜV SÜD America

Date: Monday, February 15th, 2021
Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm EST
Platform: Zoom Meeting
Cost: Free for members | $10 non-member
A global business outlook & panel discussion about the challenges facing international businesses
Guest Speaker
John Barros, Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston
Judith Dean, Prof.. of Int. Economics, Brandeis University

Panel Discussion moderated by
Doug Banks, Editor, Boston Business Journal

-David Day, Chairman, Global Risk Management Foundation
-Becca Gould, SVP, American Tower Corporation
-Nate LaMar, International Capture Manager, AM General
-Ernesto Pinal, Director of Business Development, DQM Software
-Shawn Levsen, International Sales Manager, UPS | President of the National District Export Councils

Date: Thursday, Feb 25th, 2021
Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm EST
Platform: Zoom
We are bringing the Fireside Chat back!
Dräger, one of the world's largest ventilator and N-95 masks manufacturers was pushed into overdrive when the pandemic hit last year. Here at its Andover, Mass. site where Carsten Kossler is president of Draeger Medical Systems Inc. (Patient Monitoring / Medical Division), important business decisions had to be made as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the U.S. surged. Carsten will share how 2020 turned out to be an extraordinary business year like no other he has seen before.

Date: Monday, March 8th, 2021
Time: 5:30pm to 6:45pm EST
Format: Presentation, Q&A and networking opportunity
Platform: Zoom Meeting
Cost: complimentary (members only)
Young Professionals
No Fasching this year (let's puzzle instead)
Do you want something different than a regular networking meet-up over Zoom? Join this fun online puzzle session with the Young Professionals of GABC and BABCNE. You will be teamed up with fellow sleuths and puzzle geeks -- and let's see who can figure out the mystery first.

Date: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
Time: 7PM EST
Platform: Zoom Meeting
Cost: complimentary, open to all
Open Positions
German Accelerator: Program Associate - Life Sciences
A successful candidate will assist with program operations and work closely with the Program Director to provide exceptional support to their portfolio companies.
MorphoSys: Several Positions
MorphoSys is currently advertising a number of open positions both at its U.S. and Germany locations, including Sr. Director Global Patient Safety and Associate Director Corporate Communications.
Draeger Medical Systems Inc.: 2021 Summer Internships
Draeger has posted several internship opportunities for college students including, but not limited to, Systems, Mechanical and Clinical Engineering for its Andover, MA location.
Other events of interest
German International School Boston: Financing College
Student loan expert Jens Meyer will cover current college cost trends in the US and Europe and outline both short- and long-term financing options and strategies. He will also talk about financial aid and what to watch out for when accepting college scholarships. Jens leads the credit risk, portfolio management, and collections group at Cognition Financial.
When: Feb 24th | Time: 12:30 to 1:30PM EST | Register
Event Recap
Did you miss the event? Watch the video!
Missed it? Watch it now!
Sincere thanks and compliments to our expert transatlantic Covid19 vaccine panelists Andrew Bulpin (MilliporeSigma)Antony Blanc (CureVac)Melanie Ott (Gladstone Institutes) and Johannes Ahrendts (Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance)!

All four of them are working in the trenches of research, development, manufacturing or distribution of the new Covid vaccines and shared their perspectives and outlook in last week's webinar. Thank you to Jan Hartmann, GABC board member, for moderating an extremely compelling and insightful virtual hour last week.

German Consul Generals Nicole Menzenbach (Boston) and Hans-Ulrich Südbeck (San Francisco) opened the event.
In the News | Pressespiegel
As seen in
F.D.A. Agrees Moderna Can Increase Vaccine Supply in Each Vial
February 12, 2021
"The Food and Drug Administration has informed the drugmaker Moderna that it can put up to 40 percent more coronavirus vaccine into each of its vials, a simple and potentially rapid way to bolster strained supplies, according to people familiar with the company’s operations."

As seen in
COVID: Germany extends lockdown until March
February 10, 2021
"Germany's federal government and state leaders agreed on Wednesday to extend the nationwide shutdown until March 7, beyond the previous February 14 deadline. Though overall infection numbers in the country are declining, concern is rising about new variants."

As seen in
Aldi plans to add 100 new stores in the U.S. and expand curbside pickup
February 10, 2021
"The German supermarket chain Aldi said Wednesday it plans to open up about 100 new stores in the U.S. and extend its curbside pickup service to 500 additional stores by the end of the year. The company said it will focus on adding new locations in Arizona, California, Florida and the Northeast."

Gelesen im
Boombranche Biotech: Nach diesen Mitarbeitern suchen Biontech, Curevac und Co.
6. Februar 2021
"Biotechfirmen wachsen gerade rasant und suchen händeringend Personal – auch Quereinsteiger. Welche Stellen offen und welche Gehälter in der Branche möglich sind."

Travel Updates (ohne Gewähr | subject to change)
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Germany from the United States will not be permitted to enter unless they meet one of only a few narrow exceptions. (Source & more information)
  • Persons entering Germany who have spent time in an RKI-designated risk area in the 10 days prior to entry are required to submit a digital registration on entry. 
  • If you are traveling to Germany from an area with a particularly high risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection (this includes the U.S), you must get tested before starting your travel. The test (time of swabbing) must have been performed no more than 48 hours prior to entry in Germany. (Source)
  • Effective January 26, 2021 all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. (source)
  • Foreign nationals who have been in Germany (and certain other countries) during the past 14 days may not enter the United States, exceptions apply (source)
  • Certain business travelers, investors, treaty traders, academics, students, and journalists may qualify for national interest exceptions (source)
  • President Biden's "Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease" Jan 25, 2021 (Source)
  • LH422/423 (BOS-FRA): 5 weekly flights for the duration of the winter schedule, but days of operation and timings will change.
  • No flights on 2/14 2/17, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26
  • LX52/53 (BOS-ZRH): Cargo only through 3/27.

On 2/10 LH Group announced that it is extending the Rebooking Fee Waiver until May 31st for all its airlines.

All of these announcements are subject to re-evaluation at any point given the uncertainty of the current situation.
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