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CASSS Response to COVID-19: Updated April 30, 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020  
Posted by: Stephanie Flores
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CASSS Response to COVID-19: Updated April 1, 2020

Throughout this crisis, CASSS remains committed to our mission of bringing people together to solve CMC and technical challenges in the development of biologically derived medicines.  We’re just adjusting the expectation of “together” to include the virtual kind.  The staff are fully engaged in efforts to reimagine several of our upcoming conferences as virtual events.  While recognizing the interactive and meaningful experience of our physical meetings will not be fully replaced, the disruptive impact of Covid-19 has shown that we must adapt to a new normal.

Program Managers Julie Harris and Karen Bertani are working with their respective scientific organizing committees to reconfigure the Bioassays and CMC Strategy Forum Europe meetings as virtual events.  The response from speakers and attendees alike has been resoundingly positive.  Both meetings will feature the same high-quality and relevant talks you’ve come to expect from CASSS.  And they will have plenty of opportunity for discussions with the speakers, panelists and other attendees – albeit in the form of written (but real-time) questions and live chats.  

Both meetings are being re-formatted into shorter days throughout the week because we know that you can’t sit in front of your computer all day listening to talks – even with Q&A.  We hope you’ll join us in this opportunity to embrace innovation and change.  Check out the updated programs and schedules on their respective homepages.  Registration will remain open until the week prior to the start of the program.

• Bioassays (
• CMC Strategy Forum (

In addition to these live events, select sessions from WCBP 2020 and the CMC Latam Forum are now available on demand and without charge.  

• WCBP 2020 On Demand (
• CMC Latam Virtual (

Our hope is that even after we’re able to resume our physical conferences, we’ll have learned lessons and developed new tools for maintaining engagement beyond the boundaries of the face-to-face meetings.  

As mentioned previously, the CASSS staff are working from home, performing their usual duties in support of our mission.  Be assured that we will continue to do all that we can in support of you and the CASSS Community. You may reach us through our regular email and telephone numbers throughout the shelter in place order. 

Thank you for your patience as we are trying to make the best decisions for each situation.

We will continue to provide updated information here as it is available.

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