On February 2nd, AMCHAM’s CSR Committee’s subgroup on whole genome sequencing met for the first time under the leadership of Mr. Harish Krishnan, Chairman – CSR Committee, AMCHAM and Managing Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagements, Cisco India & SAARC, Cisco Systems (India) and Mr. Ankur Malhotra, Co-Chairman – CSR Committee, AMCHAM and Head, Corporate Affairs & CSR, Hewlett Packard Enterprise India. On behalf of USAID’s partners in COVID-19 initiatives, Mr. Krishna Deepak, Project Leader, BCG, gave an overview and presentation on whole genome sequencing and opportunities identified by state governments. There was a Q&A portion of the session that covered the application of genome sequencing beyond COVID-19, possibilities and challenges with private sector involvement, data analytics, infrastructure funding, long term beneficiaries, training and awareness, among other topics. Interested members from AMCHAM’s COVID-19 Disaster Management Task Force attended the session as well.

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