On 7 November, the members of the sector association of the biotechnology industry, BIO Deutschland, convened in Cologne for their eneral assembly on the margins of BIO-Europe, the international partnering conference for pharma and biotech professionals.
BIO Deutschland took the occasion of the general assembly to present its completely redesigned website and a newly created intranet for members.
On the occasion of the European Antibiotics Awareness Day, which is celebrated each year on 18 November, BIO Deutschland held a press breakfast highlighting antibiotic resistance on 14 November in Berlin.
On 21 November, at a public hearing of the Bundestag’s Finance Committee on a draft bill to update the tax loss carry-forward rules for corporations (18/9986), BIO Deutschland gave an overall positive assessment of the Federal Government’s legislative proposal for loss carry-forwards after a change in corporate ownership.
In late November, BIO Deutschland used its membership in the SME Alliance to speak with SPD General Secretary Katarina Barley about companion diagnostics and digitisation.
For the third time this year, BIO Deutschland and Berlin Partner organised a life sciences start-up breakfast. This gathering of young companies from Berlin and the surrounding region met at Bayer’s CoLaborator.
On 16 and 17 November the European biotech industry convened in Brussels for a special occasion. The European Association for Bio-Industries not only hosted the usual fourth-quarter meetings of its sectoral councils (Healthcare, Industrial and Agri-Food), National Associations Council (NAC) and management board, but it also held a gala evening to mark its 20-year anniversary.
In early November, BIO Deutschland presented it work at a booth at BIO-Europe in Cologne, where it introduced some 60 member companies (which had registered in advance) in the form of short digital presentations.