COVID-19 and Trump visa ban leave South Africa biotech startup in limbo as it plots move to Seattle

3X4 Genetics co-founders Jason Haddock, left, and Yael Joffe. (3X4 Genetics Photo)

Jason Haddock had big plans for the rollout of his health tech startup in the U.S.

The CEO of 3X4 Genetics, a South African genetic testing company, had attracted an investor with sizable funding and developed a go-to-market strategy with plans for elaborate in-person events. Haddock and his co-founder Yael Joffe had sold their homes and were on the verge of moving to Seattle where they planned to manage 3X4’s impending growth.

Then COVID-19 hit and President Trump put a halt on employment-based non-immigrant visas.

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