OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON’S LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY: POSITIONING FOR GROWTH

Oregon Bio 2019: Innovating and Scaling for our Region’s Growth is the annual conference aimed at investors, start-up entrepreneurs, executives, researchers, policymakers and bio-supply chain sector executives, happening Oct. 29 in Portland.  #OregonBio2019

CONTACT: Dianne Danowski Smith, (503) 201-7019, @OregonBio

(Portland, Ore.)  – In only three minutes, rising-star researchers from high schoolers to post- doctoral investigators will highlight their research to more than 150 bioscience professionals, industry experts, enthusiasts, and judges at Oregon Bio 2019: Innovating and Scaling for […]


Request for Proposals: Cross-Gorge Incumbent Worker Training Grant

Now Accepting Proposals

EC Works and SCWDC are seeking proposals from employers, who straddle our shared labor shed and are looking for resources to support training for their current workforce. Qualified employers will have employees who live on both sides of the Columbia River (Washington and Oregon) and whose physical business location is situated in any one of the counties within the cross Gorge labor shed of: Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Skamania and Klickitat. EC Works and SCWDC will fund […]


Voice of Industry: Q&A with RevMedx’s President and CEO

Andrew Barofsky, J.D., MBA, launched and leads RevMedx, a growing biotech firm in North Wilsonville focused on trauma care and hemorrhage control solutions. RevMedx develops products called X-STATâ, Parabelt, XGauze, Airwrap, and others. “Saving lives is our mission” stands as their business motto.

Barofsky is the outgoing Board Chair of the Oregon Bioscience Incubator at the Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute; he has also served on the Board of Oregon Bio. We reached out to him to talk about RevMedx’s […]


Oregon Business Plan: Executive survey to drive economic policy

Dear Colleague,

You are invited to complete a  5-10 minute survey sponsored by the Oregon Business Plan.

What is the Oregon Business Plan

As you may know, the Oregon Business Plan (OBP) is both a partnership of Oregon’s major business organizations and a strategy to grow jobs, raise incomes and reduce poverty by supporting policies for economic growth and well-being.

Why your perspective is so important to hear

As part of an effort to update the Oregon Business Plan’s strategy to grow the economy, […]


Oregon Bio View from Academia: Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. Part 2

A few weeks ago, we introduced a new occasional focus section called the View From Academia. We will spotlight the many leading professionals who work in our research universities and in our R&D community.  Today, we’re finishing our talk with Jackie Wirz, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Director of Career and Professional Development at OHSU, where her job is to help students thrive and find success as new professionals. Here’s Part 2 of our discussion.

Q: How does your […]


OP-ED: Bioscience is moving the economic needle in Oregon

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OP-ED: Bioscience is moving the economic needle in Oregon

An economic impact report released earlier this year showed Oregon’s 800-plus bioscience establishments contributed $6.5 billion to the state’s economy in 2017.

A new kid on the block is carving out space in the Oregon economy’s pecking order. Bioscience is a diverse array of establishments spanning industry, education and health care entities. It can be sorted into agricultural feedstock and industrial bioscience, drugs […]


Thermo Fisher, Genome Canada Ink C$6M Collaboration on Cancer NGS Assays

Jul 31, 2019 – staff reporter: genomeweb story link

NEW YORK – Thermo Fisher Scientific announced yesterday a three-year, C$6 million (US$4.5 million) collaboration with Genome Canada and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) to develop targeted next-generation sequencing-based assays and analysis software.

Under the terms of the agreement, the partners will develop three assays, one for rapid diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, and two for targeted treatments — in prostate and breast cancer.

The assays will simultaneously assess DNA and […]


NemaMetrix raises $5 million USD funding and strengthens senior team

Eugene, Oregon, USA, 29 July 2019: 

NemaMetrix, an Oregon-based company that provides phenotyping and functional analysis using C. elegans nematodes, today announced it has closed a $5 million USD funding round to expand its Precisome platform: a tool for in vivo testing for early drug discovery, agribio, and precision medicine. The platform provides rapid phenotypic analysis and functional assessment of humanized model organisms. The funding, led by Oregon Venture Fund, will accelerate the Company’s capacity to help researchers shorten their project timelines for testing disease […]


How does your company compare? Oregon Bio members get compensation survey data free for participating.

How does your compensation measure up?

Oregon Bio is partnering with Marsh & McLennan Agency to conduct a Total Rewards Survey. All bioscience companies, public and private doing business in Oregon are invited to take part. Members of Oregon Bio who participate will receive the report of aggregated data free of charge. The report will be released in the fall just in time for 2020 budgeting. HR professionals should email Julie Black to receive the easy-fill template. All data is […]