BEIJING – Biotech companies in China were among the first to experience disruptions in their operations and development plans from the COVID-19 outbreak, with employees unable to report to work and difficulties continuing trials.
Med-tech happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Applied Extracts, Arima Genomics, Asuragen, Aytu Bioscience, Becton, Dickinson and Co., Biogx, Blue Earth Diagnostics, Bracco Imaging, Caredx, Cefaly, Co-Diagnostics, Datos, Geacom, Haselmeier, Healthcall, Heiq Materials, IDbyDNA, Illumina, Impulse Dynamics, Invo Bioscience, Nobio, Pharmajet, Qiagen, Roche, Supergum, Tandem Diabetes Care, Twist, West China Hospital, XCR Diagnostics.
“We look forward to the day where we can get back to normal,” U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday at a COVID-19 news conference in which reporters sat every-other-seat apart. In an unusually somber tone, the president said it now looks like it will be at least July or August before the outbreak “washes through.”
The past week has seen a lot of movement in terms of tests to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. “It is notable that the diagnostics community is coming together in a way we have not seen in our 20 years covering this industry,” wrote William Blair analyst Brian Weinstein in a March 14 note. “Regulators, lab professionals, and manufacturers are all in a frenetic fury to try and get testing up and running, and we generally see a sense of ‘in it together’ playing out.”