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Given the hour — 4:30 a.m. in California, 7:30 a.m. in Boston — no one turned on their webcams.

About 180 executives and venture capitalists from large biotech companies and small start-ups alike dialed in to a WebEx call Monday. All were hoping the group chat would help them make big decisions about how to proceed with research, how to raise money from investors — essentially, how to run a biotech company in the time of coronavirus.

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