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From Adapting to a Virtual Event to Talks of Rebuilding the Economy—"Resiliency" Becomes Theme for BIO IMPACT Digital

Connor McKoy
Connor McKoy
August 13, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly thrown plans for 2020 into disarray. I can't help but think about all the occasions we missed out on celebrating despite them falling on just the right day.

Cinco de Mayo coincided with Taco Tuesday...

July 4th landed on a Sunday...

And while there is still hope to take advantage of a Saturday Halloween, you may want to plan on everyone at your party wearing a mask—whether it's a Jason mask or an N95.

Fortunately, the BIO IMPACT Digital Ag & Environment Conference will go on. And while we too had to make some changes, we couldn't be more excited to host the fully virtual event on September 21-22. 

The focus of our event has shifted slightly to better capture the current climate, and we’re not the only ones to recalibrate as a result of the pandemic. There has also been quite a bit of shuffling across federal and local governments—as well as across private sectors—to both respond to and rebuild from COVID-19.

"The coronavirus pandemic has tested our resiliency across sectors. It has tested the elasticity of our economy, the limits of our public health systems, and our ability to recover from global challenges quickly," wrote Stephanie Batchelor, vice president of BIO's industrial and environmental section, in June's issue of the Industrial Biotechnology Journal. "The challenges of tomorrow—like climate change—are not going away and will only increase the risk of future pandemics and raises the costs of public health challenges."

More than ever, it's critical that those at biotechnology companies working to solve challenges in agriculture and environment come together with lawmakers, academia, and the public to map out how the bioeconomy can rebuild a more resilient world.

"Over the past three decades, the advent of biotechnology innovation has transformed our bioeconomy while helping people live healthier lives, reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and transform manufacturing processes," noted Batchelor in her column. "We must build on that success, now more than ever." 

These critical conversations (and more!) will be had at the BIO IMPACT Digital Ag &  Environment Conference.  You won't want to miss this event, which couldn't be happening at a more pivotal time.

Programming for the evemt is now available online with speakers updated daily. If you haven't yet, be sure to register then sign up for BIO's One-on-one Partnering to start scheduling meetings for BIO IMPACT Digital week today!

We look forward to seeing you there (virtually)!