California Biopharma Companies Pioneering Lifesaving COVID-19 Testing, Treatments and Vaccines

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California Biopharma Companies Pioneering Lifesaving COVID-19 Testing, Treatments and Vaccines

May 2020

California Biopharma Companies Pioneering Lifesaving COVID-19 Testing, Treatments and Vaccines

Millions of people across the globe have contracted COVID-19, and hundreds of thousands have had lives ended too soon. Trillions of dollars have been lost and it’s difficult to predict when life may get back to normal as it will most likely be dependent on reliable tests, treatments and vaccines developed by life science companies – many located here in California. These researchers, scientists, and manufacturers are working tirelessly, in an unprecedented spirit of collaboration, to develop lifesaving medical innovations to help diagnose, treat and eventually prevent this deadly virus so we can get our lives and our economy back on track. More than 85 tests, 1,250 treatments and 100 vaccines are being put into action or are in clinical development with many more in the pipeline.

The California Biotechnology Foundation recently developed a fact sheet that provides an overview of these life-saving discoveries. Visit to learn more. In addition, each week CBF is publishing a collection of news clips linking to articles that provide an update on the latest progress in the development of COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.

For more information, contact Patty Cooper at [email protected] or (916) 764-2434.

LabXchange Provides Free Online Science Education Platform for Students During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, parents, teachers and students are facing new challenges in their residential learning environment and are exploring creative ways to bring novel education approaches into the home. The Amgen Foundation and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University recently launched LabXchange™, a free online science education platform that provides high school and college level users with access to personalized instruction, virtual lab experiences and networking opportunities across the global scientific community. LabXchange is purpose-built to drive more inclusion in the scientific process and spark collaboration to build creative, team-based approaches to real-world problems.

Featuring virtual lab experiments developed at LabXchange along with other world-class materials, LabXchange brings the scientific process to life. By simulating key techniques in molecular and cellular biology, like using the latest technology to correct genetic defects, students can explore a wide range of scientific methods and build their acumen in harnessing science to solve real-life problems.

Key features of LabXchange include:

  • Free access to a library of world-class educational content including videos, interactive simulation and assessments.
  • Ability to mix and match materials, empowering teachers to create flexible learning pathways for classes or individual students that complement existing science curriculums.
  • Global networking functionality, enabling teachers to collaborate beyond a single classroom, school or district.

For more information, please visit, and engage with us via @LabXchange on Twitter using #ScienceMadePossible, or contact Patty Cooper at [email protected].

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For more information about California’s biotechnology and life science industry, contact California Biotechnology Foundation Executive Director Patty Cooper at (916)764-2434 or [email protected].