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Healthcare and Public Health Operations Exempt from Safer-at-Home Order

March 18, 2020, BioForward proactively requested an exemption from any forthcoming “shelter in place” or “stay at home” order for the State of Wisconsin for all biotechnology, medical device and related industries.

We would like to report that our industry is protected (exempted) from this order as we were with the Milwaukee order released earlier in the day. We are proud that BioForward, along with our partners BIO, PhRMA and AdvaMed were proactively working with the Governor’s office on this language.

Review the lastest communication here.

Local Providers Receive Much-Needed PPE Amid COVID Pandemic

Eight Madison-area community providers serving people with developmental disabilities and seniors received much-needed PPE as they battle the spreading coronavirus as a result of a donation from BioForward. BioForward is proud to coordinate this effort to provide PPE in response to the coronavirus pandemic and support local community-based organizations as they continue with their work to serve individuals in need throughout WI.


One of the organizations, Dreamweavers, has an open GoFundMe page accepting donations for additional PPE.

Governor Evers has launched a program to encourage other organizations and businesses to do the same.

Biohealth Unite On Demand

Operations staff from some of BioForward’s largest companies participated in a virtual panel to provide guidance to smaller companies to help outline what processes, procedures, and best practices should be implemented in dealing with COVID-19.

Participants included Eurofins, Illumina, Exact Sciences, Promega, Gilson, Covance, and Catalent.  They also have sent along templates and documents that will provide a good starting place for those lacking the resources or experience to already have them in place.  Please let us know if you have anything to add.

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has a podcast series sharing powerful stories about biotechnology breakthroughs. Listen direct from biopharma on how they are meeting the challenges of rapidly and safely bringing forward new vaccines and therapies for the coronavirus.

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Regeneron– their drug shows promise to treat coronavirus-related lung syndrome.

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Moderna– first to clinically test a coronavirus vaccine that they created using only the virus’ gentic code.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization's Coronavirus Tracker

Coronavirus Local and Federal Resources

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Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Outbreaks in Wisconsin

Tell the biohealth industry your story!

It can be challenging to focus on the positive in the midst of a pandemic; however, as a community we need to keep up the good work and good spirits! Tell us at BioForward the positive things that are happening with your company right now, especially regarding developments with the coronavirus and we will feature you in upcoming media releases.
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Employer Resources

All of us at BioForward are evaluating both short- and long-term plans in response to the changing conditions surrounding the spread of the novel coronavirus, and we know our members are too-- we know member companies are actively responding as employers by developing policies to limit the spread of the disease and protect their employees. Here are some tips about laws and best practices for those who need them.

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Do you need help advocating for your company or employees? Let us know what you need. We will do our best to connect you to resources or information that will help you!
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Business Resources

Prepare Your Supply Chain

Harvard Business Review Operations Management key suggestions about maintaining your supply chain during adverse situations based off of past emergencies.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has developed a resilience program based on best practices designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience.


BIO has launched a new Coronavirus Hub that connects those companies that have relevant supplies, capacities, and resources to share, with those companies, researchers, or healthcare providers that need them.

Response Plan

The World Health Organization has prepared a “Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan” for businesses dealing with coronavirus concerns.


Laughlin Constable informs businesses how to be a reliable source of information, communicate action and preparedness, and they provide PR and marketing tips about how to present your company in a positive light.


Baker Tilly has recorded a video with the CEO and prepared a resource center to help organizations with stability and preparedness support for their employees, customers and supply chain.

Baker Tilly is well positioned to negotiate and help with some key issues specifically affecting the medical device and pharmaceutical areas.


The Medical College of Wisconsin has prepared a “Business Continuity Considerations” PDF for businesses dealing with coronavirus concerns.


Marshfield Clinic Health System has established a fund to provide financial resources quickly to local community organizations who can help “flatten the curve” by addressing local needs and issues associated with the coronavirus.

In Wisconsin and Regionally

BioForward is proud of our members and the abundance of knowledge and resources they are putting towards this effort both locally and globally. The Wisconsin biohealth industry has a wealth of top talent working on the front line because we know they can and will save lives.  Below is a list of local companies and how they are responding. Update us on your efforts and we will add you to the list.

Public-Private Partnership (Exact Sciences, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Promega, and UW Health)

Wisconsin Colleges (Condordia, Marquette, Medical College of WI, UW)

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