Dear members, partners & friends,

There is still a lot we don't know about Massachusetts' plan to open parts of the economy next week. We know there is a four-phase " Start, Caution, Vigilant and New Normal" approach and mandatory safety standards have been issued that will apply to all workplaces that are open in Phase One. What we don't know is which business will be be able to open -- and for that we will have to wait for Monday.

In the meantime, take a look at our upcoming events , in particular the conversation on managing global supply chain with MilliporeSigma on May 27th -- registrations are open!

Last week at this time, we had already started into the weekend with a very enjoyable hour of tasting Pinot Noirs and sharing our experiences across the screen with other members. We enjoyed it so much - we will bring this event back in the near future.

If you have news to  share  for us, please reach out. And don't forget to vote for this week's poll on household spending !

Stay healthy.

Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
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News from our Sponsors
Lufthansa expands flight schedule | No service to Logan yet
Christina Foerster, Member of the Board of Management of Lufthansa, is sharing the news of the gradual expansion of flights (in German and English ):
There is some good news for those who like to travel on Lufthansa: The carrier yesterday announced long-haul resumption of flights beginning in June from Frankfurt to Toronto, Mexico City, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Tel Aviv, Riyadh, Bahrain, Johannesburg, Dubai and Mumbai. The destinations Newark/New York, Chicago, Sao Paulo,Tokyo and Bangkok will continue to be offered.

Lufthansa will also offer flights from Munich to Chicago, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv. (Note: all these flights are subject to possible travel restrictions)

Swiss also announed the partial resumption of flights. Read more here . All Austrian flight operations remain suspended until June 7th.

What about service to Logan ?
Service to Boston is still suspended until June 15, and LH's station and lounge remain closed during that time.
Upcoming Events
Covid-19 and Startups:
Surviving and Thriving – an Approach for Founders and Investors

Pritchett certified M&A Integration expert and Executive Coach,  Angelica Carr , explores a shift in investor and buyer value perception during this unprecedented period. She tackles Mergers & Acquisitions (M&As) scenarios covering areas from valuation and culture fit to common patterns and pitfalls in early integration. 

Date : Wednesday, May 20th
Time : 1PM to 2PM | EDT
How the does MilliporeSigma manage the global production and supply chain amidst this pandemic?
Chris Ross , Head of Integrated Supply Chain Operations at MilliporeSigma, will talk through the importance of managing a global supply chain to assure critical products are available in the fight against COVID-19. The life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is supporting projects critical in slowing the progression of COVID-19 and treating people in the future with products and solutions for more than 45 different vaccines, more than 25 testing solutions, and more than 20 monoclonal antibodies, plasma products and antivirals.

Moderating this conversation with Chris Ross will be
David J. Womelsdorf, Senior Partner, Americas Industry Market Leader, Health Science & Wellness at Ernst & Young.

Date : Wednesday, May 27th
Time : 2PM to 3PM ET -- via ZOOM
The June Stammtisch Goes Zoom!

The Young Professionals return with their monthly Stammtisch via Zoom. This time, they are planning a special edition that includes virtual Google map tours through your home town or a favorite place that you would like to share.

Sit back, relax and zoom with the YPs -- everyone welcome!

Please register to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link prior to the Stammtisch.

Date : Tuesday, June 9
Time : 7PM to 8PM
Other Virtual Events of Interest
Goethe-Institut is offering virtual events
Not only the German language classes at the Goethe Institut Boston now successfully run online, you can also join virtual events offered through a number of Goethe Instituts in the U.S. all thanks to technology: see their schedule here . For more tips on cultural programs that moved online, the Goethe-Institut's program curators published an ongoing list of picks and tips of programs you can experience digitally -- throughout the world.
Crisis Management Programs : Venture Lane has dedicated 100% of their programming to crisis management for early-stage technology companies. These virtual programs are free and open to all. Throughout the week . View here
Event Recap
Our first Virtual WineTasting was a huge success! Every participant received a delivery of two bottles of Pinot Noirs as well as a bubbly Rose to start off. Leading through the interactive tasting was sommelier Julia Vose of Vino di Vino, the wine store behind the selection and logistics of this event! It was a great way to start off the weekend with a wonderful group of members and friends. We will do this again and we hope you will join us -- cheers!
In the News | Pressespiegel
As seen in
Governor Baker extends nonessential business order by 24 hours, paving way for reopening plan
May 15, 2020
" Baker said that over the weekend his legal office would be extending by 24 hours the order closing non-essential businesses in the state, from midnight Sunday to midnight Monday, when the state is expected to unveil its much-anticipated reopening plan. "

As seen in
Trump administration outlines audacious plan to deliver ‘hundreds of millions’ of Covid-19 vaccine doses by end of 2020
May 15, 2020
"... outlining an aggressive process that, if successful, would shatter conventional wisdom about the typical process for developing vaccines for emerging infectious diseases.

As seen in
The covid-19 pandemic puts pressure on the EU
May 14, 2020
" The whole world is struggling with Covid-19. But in the EU, the pandemic has triggered a concatenation of crises."

Gelesen in
Deutsche Wirtschaft schrumpft um 2,2 Prozent
15 Mai 2020
" Investitionen in Ausrüstungen und der Außenhandel nahmen im ersten Quartal ebenfalls deutlich ab. Stabilisierend wirkten sich laut den Statistikern hingegen die Konsumausgaben des Staates und Bauinvestitionen aus."

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