Measuring impacts on the life sciences workforce


2020 was a year like no other in biotech and the life sciences, and the need for a pivot-worthy workforce has never been more needed. While physicians and care providers serve diligently as responders in critical patient care delivery, behind them are myriad researchers and technologists who work to conquer the virus. In our industry, clinicians and researchers created, tested and applied safety and efficacy of vaccines and therapies. Data scientists studied epidemiology around the world and here in the Pacific Northwest.

And yet work on to continue to discover new treatment pathways for life threatening diseases and genetic disorders that continue to impact many patients. Never has there been a more crucial time to  to understand the impacts on our local bioscience workers, and to uncover the racial and socio-economic inequalities which must be addressed and rectified.

In order to fully capture the effect of 2020 on the life sciences workforce, Oregon Bio and the Coalition of State BioScience Institutes have issued a call for data. A survey is being sent to life sciences companies across the Pacific Northwest and the United States to measure the impact of the past year’s seismic events and help us collectively plan for the future. TEConomy Partners will collect and aggregate responses from this survey for the national report, and these data will be presented at BIO in mid-June. In addition, a much more detailed analysis of the Oregon and Southwest Washington life sciences ecosystem will be produced and begin rolling out on June 2.

Your help is needed! Click here to participate.

The resulting reports will combine hiring survey responses with other quantitative and qualitative data sources to inform hiring and workforce decisions, availability of life science jobs, leading occupations and corresponding educational requirements, health and population disparities due to COVID, and the industry’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. The data will only be reported in aggregate in a national report produced in collaboration with the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes and regional report on Oregon and Southwest Washington. This survey is designed to be completed by hiring or HR managers of life science industry companies only. Please submit your company’s data before February 28, 2021

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