Dear Members,

I am writing to you in this unprecedented time in our history, and I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and sound.

In our more than 40 years of our existence, our society has seen and weathered many storms that have touched our world.  However, few, if any, have come this close to our daily lives, the health of many of us and their loved ones, our businesses, and, short to midterm, the health of the global economy.

Throughout this long journey we have always attempted to support and sustain our members. As we address a pandemic that will doubtlessly become a chapter in the world’s history books, our commitment to our society, and it’s cause should not waver.

Also for us, supporting our LES Benelux members during this crisis period is critical, and we are working on evolving our society to meet your needs and expectations. During this period of uncertainty, the LES Benelux Board and Programme committee are continuously exploring ways to help our members navigate these difficult times.

We had already taken steps early to protect the physical well-being of our members, involving cancellation of upcoming topic days, well before the present restrictions came into force.

As a ray of light in the darkness: Challenging times have always been a catalyst to fast advances in technology, and this is no different at our present time. With the unprecedent development of vaccines and antiviral medications, breathing and personal protection equipment, and global sharing of medical data, many of our established processes are drawn into question, such as IP-based business models that are common practice in the healthcare industry. New approaches are rapidly gaining traction, e.g. responsible licensing, and sharing of resources.

Hence we are not sitting back, but are planning on setting up ways to remotely maintain our presence, such as podcasts and webinars dedicated to technology transfer and licensing, with a likely kick-off in on life sciences and the medical equipment area. We are also considering other means of keeping our community and network alive, and will draw on new technologies and resources to make a difference for us all.

Please visit the LES Benelux website to see the new approaches and tools during this unprecedented time.

Lastly, all that remains me for today, is to thank you for being a LES Benelux member, and Godspeed to all of you and your loved ones!

Dr Achim Krebs

President LES Benelux

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