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CASSS is Preparing for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Thursday, March 12, 2020  
Posted by: Stephanie Flores
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Like all of you, we continue to receive updates on the escalating global impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including yesterday's announcement by the WHO that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.  And, like all of you, we are saddened by the tragic loss of life and the thought of tens of thousands who have been sickened by this virus. 

We are also following the news about potential drug repurposing and the development of new compounds to treat and prevent this disease - and we are optimistic that the unprecedented global collaboration of government, scientific, health, business and social leaders will succeed in containing its spread, providing care to those afflicted and, in time, providing a vaccine to prevent future outbreaks. We believe resolutely in the power of people to come together to solve any crisis. Indeed, bringing people together to address challenges in the development and regulation of biologically derived medicines is CASSS' mission.

Currently many companies have placed restrictions on travel and some local jurisdictions have urged "social distancing" and cancellation of non-essential large gatherings. Many of you have reached out to us about the status of CASSS' upcoming conferences, including: 
• Higher Order Structure, Gaithersburg, MD, USA - April 20 - 22, 2020
• Bioassays, Gaithersburg, MD, USA - April 26 - 28, 2020
• CMC Strategy Forum Europe, Stockholm, Sweden, May 11 - 13, 2020
• NLAB Discussion Group, Leiden, Netherlands - May 14, 2020

Each of these events represent months of work by dedicated volunteers and staff. CASSS leadership and staff realize the importance of scientific conferences in sharing knowledge and peer-to-peer networking. Nevertheless, as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we may need to alter or postpone some of our events.  We are currently exploring our options, keeping our priority on the health and safety of our members and staff. We are working to have updates for you in the next few days.  

Thank you for your patience as we are trying to collect as much information as we can and use it to make the best decisions for each situation.

We will provide updated information here as it is available.

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