Dear members, partners & friends,

it's been another week of #WFH for those of us who have the luxury and flexibility to do so. I hear from many members who are #WFH that their work load hasn't changed while their surroundings have. That's good news, given that many others aren't so fortunate - and today's cover of the New York Times illustrates that better than any tweet or number can describe. If you haven't seen it -- it's worth taking a look .

Yesterday, I attended (virtually, of course) the official release of the annual report, the " Transatlantic Economy 2020 " -- see below. Think of it as what the economy was before #COVID19 -- a good marker to which we will hopefully bounce back to. Not suprisingly, the European economy in general, and the German one in particular, is highly invested and exposed to the U.S. market.

Many of our members work in the Healthcare and Life Sciences sectors. Whether they are medical staff at the frontlines, researchers in labs, entrepreneurs and business people working tirelessly responding to the crisis or trying to find solutions: Thank you!

Please stay healthy.

With kind regards | Mit freundlichen Grüssen

Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
U.S. Chamber Releases Report Demonstrating the Resilience of the Transatlantic Economy
A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU), “ The Transatlantic Economy 2020 ,” confirms that the United States and Europe continue to share the most integrated economic partnership globally. Today, the relationship is being tested by the recent impact of the coronavirus on supply chains and demand, persistent trade disputes, and uncertainty about the contours of the UK’s future economic relationship with the EU .

Calling on Life Sciences & Healthcare Organizations to Donate Supplies to Fight COVID-19
Last week, MassBio launched the Massachusetts Life Sciences Emergency SupplyHub to help coordinate efforts to try and bring additional supplies and resources to the state’s healthcare institutions so they can continue to test and treat patients with COVID-19.
Making News
LEAPS by Bayer Collaborating with SynBioBeta to Explain Scientific Pathways to Treat, Prevent, Cure COVID-19
As part of LEAPs by Bayer, their biotech innovation program, Bayer is collaborating with SynBioBeta to explain to the public what a scientific pathway could be to treat, prevent or cure COVID-19. There are 66 organizations working on three different approaches to treatments and preventions – repurposed drugs, antibodies and vaccines. Leaps by Bayer is a content partner. This infographic shows the projected timeline and paints a positive picture of how biotech innovation can be a solution to some of the world’s greatest challenges.  

Building bridges. German biotech start-ups' quest for success
Stefan Beerhalter , Vice President at the German Accelerator Life Sciences in Germany and Charlie Cameron , Co-Founder HUB Angels Investment Group and SVP at Cooley LLC (and GABC Board member) recently wrote this article on the German biotech start-up ecosystem and their challenges and opportunities when turning to US investors.

March 2020 edition of Plattform Life Sciences : "Financing Life Sciences"
See pages 26 and 27: Read Article
KARL STORZ helps to protect local healthcare providers
In response to the coronavirus crisis, employees of KARL STORZ (incl. President Bruce Watkins, pictured in the front left) in Charlton, MA, packed boxes with much-needed N95 masks and surgical gowns and delivered them to a number of local healthcare providers and facilities in the Charlton area: Harrington HealthCare System in Southbridge; UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester; The Overlook Retirement Center in Charlton; Town of Charlton, EMT Dept.; Dr. Paul D. Harrington in Charlton; St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester. The items were purchased and donated by KARL STORZ. Read on LinkedIn
Photo credit: Karl Storz via LinkedIn
In the News | Pressespiegel
As seen in
Angela Merkel: Germany’s crisis manager is back

March 27, 2020
" The cool-headed chancellor is the leader Europe needs amid the worst peacetime crisis ."

As seen in
Coronavirus: Why are the death rates different?

March 27, 2020
"Many of us must be tracking the daily infection and death rates from the coronavirus. You may have noticed, the death rates differ greatly from country to country. Here are some of the main reasons."

Gelesen in
Bosch entwickelt eigenen Covid-19-Schnelltest
26. März 2020
"Der  Autozulieferer Bosch  hat auch eine kleine Sparte Medizintechnik, und von dort kommt eine überraschende Nachricht: Bosch hat einen Schnelltest für Corona-Infektionen entwickelt."

As seen in
We Have To Bring Down the Number of Cases Now. Otherwise We Won't Be Able To Handle It
March 21, 2020
"Virologist Christian Drosten is guiding Germany through the current pandemic. He spoke to ZEIT ONLINE about the length of the crisis – and how it will change our lives."

Job Opening
Director of Finance & Controlling at Henke Sass Wolf of America
Henke Sass Wolf of America  is a medical device manufacturer and service facility located in Dudley, MA with corporate headquarters in Tuttlingen, Germany. The company is looking for a director of finance for their $53M, 220-employee strong facility here in Massachusetts. Contact: Tia Froio .

GABC Young Professionals: Mentoring
Young Professionals are seeking two Mentors
The GABC YP Mentoring Program brings together young and experienced professionals in purposeful, mutually rewarding relationships and involves engagement of both parties in exchanging ideas, discussing progress and setting goals for further development. The GABC YP mentorship program is currently seeking two Mentors to match with two GABC YP Mentees .
Mentors needed with the following background:

  • chemical engineering with a higher degree and now works now works in the Healthcare sector, preferably in drug development
  • management consulting with focus on energy sector or experienced energy sector professional with network in the US.

If you are interested, please send an email to
Other Information
From the German Consulate General Boston:
  • Online: Up-to-date information is posted on and can also email
  • Hours: The Consulate in Boston can be reached by phone from Monday through Thursday from 10AM to 3PM and Fridays from 10AM to 1PM. Except for emergencies matters the Consulate is not open to the public at this time.
  • Phone Service: +1 (617) 369-4900 and +1 (207) 352-8254
  • Call Volume: Due to an increased call volume, the Consulate is asking to only call in case of emergencies. Non-emergency inquiries, such as questions relating to Beibehaltungsanträge, flights to Germany, drivers license translations etc. should not be made at this time.
  • Elefand: The Website for Electronic Registrations for Germans Abroad (Elektronische Erfassung von Deutschen im Ausland) is experiencing delays due to high demand, but continue to register even if it may require a few attempts.
  • Flights to Germany: The Consulate cannot assist in booking flights to Germany. Private citizens who wish to travel to Germany, have to make those arrangements themselves, and should make them sooner than later. Lufthansa suspended flights to Germany from Boston temporarily.
  • Rückholaktion: Currently there is no such “Rückholaktion” for German citizens in the US.
Future Events
For the time being, we have canceled or postponed events originally scheduled for March and April 2020 and we will update you on any plans for new dates and new events as soon as we can.

We understand that at this time it is difficult to predict how the COVID19 situation unfolds, but here is what we are working on for our Fall Program Highlights:
The German American Economic Forum 2020 is a half day conference and focuses on "Smart Cities" highlighting the importance of data and technology to improve livability and sustainability of a city.
Friday, November 6th, 2020 | 8AM
Flashback: View a video of our 2019 German American Economic Conference here .
Our Annual Gala returns to the UMass Club on December 4th where we hope to celebrate with many of you and look back on what is already shaping up to be an extraordinary year.
Friday, December 4th, 2020 6:30PM
Flashback: See photos and supporters of our 2019 Gala here.
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