June 18 Daily Round-Up: NEC Members Contribute to COVID-19 Crisis Response

As our region and our nation continue to grapple with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, The New England Council is using our blog as a platform to highlight some of the incredible work our members have undertaken to respond to the outbreak.  Each day, we’ll post a round-up of updates on some of the initiatives underway among Council members throughout the region.  We are also sharing these updates via our social media, and encourage our members to share with us any information on their efforts so that we can be sure to include them in these daily round-ups.

You can find all the Council’s information and resources related to the crisis in the special COVID-19 section of our website.  This includes our COVID-19 Virtual Events Calendar, which provides information on upcoming COVID-19 Congressional town halls and webinars presented by NEC members, as well as our Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (June 18, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Enters Partnership to Monitor COVID-19 Drug Use, SuppliesHarvard Pilgrim Health Care, in partnership with TriNetX, is launching an initiative to monitor the use of potential COVID-19 therapies. The data collected by the partnership will be used to support clinical trials and evaluate supplies of the drugs to avoid shortages. Read more.
  • Tufts Coordinates Research Response Across Disciplines Tufts University researchers have formed the Tufts COVID-19 Working Group, a consortium of more than 70 faculty from both the university and its affiliated medical center to combat the spread of COVID-19. Researchers in disciplines ranging from engineering and math to political science and psychology are joining to contribute their own insights in the race to contain the virus. Read more.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • Fasken Launches Webinar Series on Post-Pandemic Business – Law firm Fasken has launched a virtual event series on issues facing the business community. Featuring industry leaders and guidance on how to best resume activity, the series provides a comprehensive view of necessary resources for businesses.
  • Takeda Leading Wave of Productivity Technology Increase Takeda Pharmaceutical has been increasingly utilizing robotic process automation (RPA) technology to conduct clinical trials, test drugs, and more during the pandemic. As it continues to develop the technology, the company has seen both an increase in hiring and productivity, providing some insight into what a future workplace may look like. WIRED has more.

Community Response

  • TD Bank Donates $100,000 to Maine Nonprofit – The TD Bank Charitable Foundation has committed $100,000 to Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI), a Brunswick, ME-based community development financial institution. The donation will support CEI’s efforts to provide financial assistance and support to local businesses hard-hit by the pandemic. MaineBiz has more.
  • Morgan Stanley Commits $25 Million to Relief Efforts Morgan Stanley has pledged $25 million in grants to support organizations fighting food insecurity and providing financial support to those facing economic strain from the pandemic. The company increased its original commitment by $15 million to add more support for healthcare workers and employee matching campaigns. Read more in Think Advisor.

Stay tuned for more updates each day, and follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates on how Council members are contributing to the response to this global health crisis.

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