Dear members, partners & friends,

It's been an incredibly busy past two weeks. If you wondered whether you received more emails from us than usual, you were right: We had a full event schedule and if you missed any or part of it, check out our event recaps below.

We are now moving into the holiday season and we cordially invite you to join us for what is going to be a unique experience celebrating our annual year end gathering virtually. Please sign-up now, so we can ensure that this event is going to be designed around you as our guests as personal as virtually possible.

In other news, the U.S. elections have captured our attention for more than a week now and while some of the vote counting is still ongoing, reactions from all over the world to the results have poured in, including from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Our #poll question this week is asking: given the results of the U.S. elections, are you optimistic for 2021?

Please join us as we are a partner in the 8th annual New England Life Sciences Panorama this coming Wednesday. This event, originally scheduled for March, is now virtual and free to attend, and includes dedicated networking and breakout sessions.

Stay healthy.

Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
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Upcoming GABC Events
RSVP now for our very special holiday event!
Come and join us for a fun hour+ of conversation, reflection, entertainment, celebration and raising our glasses (at home) to the one-of-a-kind-2020, to the upcoming holiday season and the coming new year.

We have put a wonderful program together, including hearing from leaders, review of 2020, an entertainment feature, and break-out rooms. While we cannot serve you dinner and drinks, we do have a suggestion on how to make your mealplanning a little less hectic for the evening. See our Web site for more details.

Date: Friday, December 4th, 2020
Time: 6PM EST
Platform: Zoom
Tickets: $20 member | $ 30 non-member (household)
Why do we charge for this event?
While our virtual programming for 2020 has been complimentary so far, this has been a challenging year for many non-profits, including the GABC. Your presence and your support is welcome and highly appreciated.
Deconstructing the Cost of Healthcare
Originally scheduled for this past March, the Life Sciences Panorama is now fully virtual and complimentary to attend. You will hear from highly regarded experts on the challenges in reimbursement and market access strategy, how to value the therapeutic benefits of your product even at early stage and what value really means to an investor or to a payer. (This is a partner event with FACCNE)

Date: Wednesday, Nov 18th, 2020
Time: 12:00pm to 2:30pm EST
Platform: Hopin
Cost: Complimentary
Other Events of Interest
Navigating a “World in Danger” – Lessons for a new generation of Transatlantic security leaders
Join the German American Conference (GAC) for a conversation on the future of the Transatlantic security partnership. Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger and Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook (GABC Advisory Council) will uncover insights and recommendations for a new generation of Transatlantacists who enter a world of renewed great power competition.
When: Tuesday, November 17th 2PM to 3PM EST | Registration.
Lessons Learned on the Road to Pandemic Preparedness
Hear from pandemic preparedness experts Harvard University's Pardis Sabeti and Center for Health Security's Amesh Adalja. MilliporeSigma's Interim CEO Chris Ross hosts as chair of the Innovation Board. Patrick Schneider moderates the panel on lessons learned and progress made in the fight against COVID-19.
When: Wednesday, November 18th at 9AM EST | More information & registration.
Studying in Germany
If you missed last week's two-day virtual event on studying and working in Germany hosted and organized by the Goethe-Institut, here is another chance to hear about the opportunities and pathways to study in Germany: The German International School Boston is hosting a virtual event to inform about useful websites, university rankings, and database information on admission requirements, application procedures, as well as financing and scholarship options.
When: Wednesday, November 18th at 12:30 to 1:30PM EST | More information & registration.
Event Recaps
Missed our second Smart Cities virtual event? You can watch it now!
Our second event in our virtual Smart Cities series was well received and again well attended. We looked across the Atlantic at Hamburg's HafenCity as a unique model and as a real living "City Lab". Directly from HafenCity University, Prof. Gesa Ziemer joined to discuss with Mike Lake (Leading Cities) and moderated by Matt Noblett (Behnisch Architekten) what is driving and holding back today's smart city planning and concepts. #GAEF2021

This event was supported by:
Partner event: US Market Outlook Post Election and Covid-19
Thank you to everyone who joined us on November 11th for the US Market Outlook Part II with speakers Kurt Reiman and Chad Brown of BlackRock and moderated by David Long of Progressive Investors Network. This event was live only, but there will be a write-up of key take-aways to follow.

This event was presented in partnership with Swissnex Boston and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New England (SACC-NE).
The Ripple 3.0
We were pleased to be one of 33 partners from all over the U.S. and Europe in this record breaking transatlantic virtual networking event which took place on November 5th. This event offered complimentary 1-on-1 (speed) video meetings with fellow business professionals across the country and the Atlantic.

Learn more about The Ripple.
November Stammtisch hosted by the GABC YPs
Many new faces joined the monthly Stammtisch this week which made it lively and interesting -- the election was on the mind of many, but not the only topic. The restrictions of the pandemic, the desire to meet and network in person were discussed at length.

The monthly Stammtisch is hosted by the GABC Young Professionals and is open to GABC members and non-members alike and serves as an informal meeting platform to connect the GABC to newcomers.
In the News | Pressespiegel
As seen in
Pfizer vaccine’s funding came from Berlin, not Washington
November 9, 2020
"The truth is that Pfizer didn’t receive any funding from Operation Warp Speed for the development, clinical trial and manufacturing of the vaccine. But its partner, BioNTech SE, did receive money — from the German government. Berlin gave the German company $445 million in an agreement in September to help accelerate the vaccine."

As seen in
CureVac's Covid vaccine has one key advantage over Moderna, Pfizer
November 12, 2020
"... the potential vaccines being developed by Moderna and Pfizer need to be kept in cold storage to remain viable. Pfizer’s vaccine carries the lowest temperature requirements — around minus-100 degrees Fahrenheit — while Moderna’s vaccine can be stored closer to minus-four degrees Fahrenheit. That’s where CureVac may have an advantage. The drugmaker announced Thursday that early tests showed its vaccine can be stored for months at around 41 degrees Fahrenheit, and will remain stable.. "

As watched in
World Leaders React to Joe Biden’s Election Win
November 9, 2020
"From Germany to India, world leaders congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory, and said they are preparing to work with the new U.S. administration. Some Trump allies remained silent."

Gelesen im
„Wirtschaftsführer wissen, was sie bekommen“ – CEOs positionieren sich für Biden-Präsidentschaft
November 10, 2020
"Wenn wir uns als Nation vorwärts bewegen wollen, müssen wir neue Brücken bauen, um die Gräben zu schließen, die uns trennen“, schrieb der Microsoft-Präsident Brad Smith in seinem Blog. Er wies auch darauf hin, dass Unternehmen auf „die Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Vereinigten Staaten und dem Rest der Welt angewiesen sind"."

Update from Lufthansa / Logan Airport (10/1)
LH422/423 (BOS-FRA) will remain at 5 weekly flights for the duration of the winter schedule, but days of operation and timings will change. It is still the only direct flight to Germany out of Logan. The BOS-MUC flight may be introduced next March pending further developments.

LX54/55 (BOS-ZRH) is now flying twice weekly (arrival in BOS Thu and Sat | Departure Fri and Sun) and may increase to three times a week in March.

Lufthansa Lounge is open on Lufthansa and Swiss flight-operating days, 4 hours prior to departure. 

All of these announcements are subject to re-evaluation at any point given the uncertainty of the current situation, so expect frequent short-term changes in the schedule.
Travel (updated 11/12)
As you may be thinking about summer travel plans, we compiled a few guidelines and restrictions that are in place. Ohne Gewähr: Please note that this may change at any time and please always refer to the most updated information issued by the respective countries.

Travel to Germany:

  • U.S. citizens who are not residents of the EU and do not fall into one of several narrow exceptions will be denied entry to Germany. Travelers should be prepared for the possibility that additional travel restrictions will be implemented with little or no advance notice. (Source: U.S. Embassies & Consulates in Germany)
  • In case you enter Germany from abroad and have been in a risk area* for 14 days prior to entry, generally, a 14- day quarantine is mandatory. Furthermore, you are legally required to provide information of your address during your stay in Germany. Exceptions are possible in the case of a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 for a maximum of 48 hours before entry or after entry. (Source: Robert Koch Institut)
  • UPDATE 8/14: American spouses/family members of German citizens can now enter Germany to reunite with their partners/familys. (Source: Federal Foreign Office)
  • UPDATE 10/30: Expected as of November 8 are the following regulations: Arriving from a risk country: "If no other grounds for exception apply, these individuals may only be released from the obligation to self-isolate at home – no earlier than 5 days after entering Germany– if they provide proof of a negative test result." (Source: Auswärtiges Amt)
  • Update 11/8: From 8 November 2020 all travellers to Germany have to register online prior to their entry on the website, if they have stayed in a risk area within the last 10 days prior to their entry to Germany. Also they must be able to present proof of this registration when entering Germany. (Source: Auswärtiges Amt)

Travel to U.S. from Europe
  • Foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States:
  • European Schengen area Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City
  • United Kingdom
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States, certain family members, and other individuals who meet specified exceptions who have been in one of the countries listed above in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States through one of 15 airports
  • After arriving to the United States from one of these countries, CDC recommends that travelers stay home and monitor their health for 14 days. (Source: CDC
  • UPDATE 6/26: Executive Order "Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak"
UPDATE for Massachusetts as of 7/24: Today, Governor Baker issued a new travel order stating that effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts are required to "Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health; to quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day." More information
Free Covid-19 Testing at Frankfurt Airport

Lufthansa has partnered with Centogene to offer fast PCR Corona tests. The test, certified by the relevant health authorities in Germany, only requires a throat swab and provides results within six hours. The test results are delivered via an app link.

Location: Frankfurt Airport between Terminal 1 and the long-distance railway station (ICE Bahnhof)
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Registration: via at

Mandatory tests on return to or arrival in Germany from high risk countries
Travellers arriving in Germany from regions with an increased risk of infection will have to undergo a coronavirus test from the beginning of August 2020. The test is free of charge and can be carried out, for example, at test centres at the airports. The obligatory test must be done within a maximum of 72 hours after entering the country. Tests from abroad are accepted, provided they are not older than 48 hours at the time of arrival. (Source: Lufthansa)

Update 9/28: As of September 15th, travelers arriving from high risk countries will continue to have the right to receive a test free of charge. (Source)

Testing is also available at
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