News: Oregon’s Bio Boom – ‘Pandemic ready’ industry surpasses $15b footprint creating more firms, more jobs, more investment, more discovery, more innovation

Oregon Bioscience Association released its new economic impact report (posted here) at which points to continued robust growth during the pandemic, with combined economic impacts far outpacing Oregon’s overall economy. Separately, venture capital investment in Oregon and southwest Washington health firms skyrocketed in 2021.

(Portland, Ore. – June 15, 2022) – ‘New’ money flowing to Oregon’s and southwest Washington’s biotech firms and life science research organizations hit its zenith in 2020.


Opinion: How the vaccine has made it all over the world

This commentary, “Opinion: How the vaccine has made it all over the world,” authored by Oregon Bio’s 2022 Chair Dan Snyder, recently ran in the Portland Tribune.

The barriers to people in developing countries getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is decidedly not supply.

Last week, Africa requested all Covid-19 vaccine donations be paused until the third or fourth quarter of this year. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, said the primary challenge for vaccinating the continent is […]


Dr. Emmanuel Akporiaye joins the Oregon Bio board

The Oregon Bioscience Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Akporiaye has joined its Board of Directors

Dr. Emmanuel Akporiaye has over 35  years of experience as a cancer researcher.  His research efforts have focused on understanding the interactions between cancer cells and immune cells that favour tumor growth and spread, and developing novel therapies that are safe, effective, and less toxic while at the same time ensuring that the patient’s quality of life is not compromised. In 2012, Dr. Akporiaye […]


Voice of Industry with OHSU’s Tech Transfer leader

Travis G. Cook recently met with Oregon Bio to discuss OHSU’s tech transfer initiatives. He’s the senior director of Technology Transfer at Oregon Health & Science University, champions research and development by promoting an innovative and entrepreneurial culture.  Prior to OHSU, he served as director of business development at Galena Biopharma (Nasdaq: GALE), an adjunct professor at University of Portland bringing concepts of tech commercialization in the school’s Technology Entrepreneurship Certification program with previous appointments at Kalypsys, Inc., Ansata Therapeutics, […]


Regional biotech and health firms raked in record investments in 2021

Regional biotech firms had a record year in VC, as reported by the Portland Business Journal on 1/10/2022.

Venture capital poured into the Oregon and Southwest Washington biotech sector in 2021, with investments blasting past the two previous years.

All told, there was about $324 million in VC investments in biotech and digital health companies last year, according to data compiled by PitchBook and The Business Journal. That’s up from $173 million in 2020 and $87 million in 2019 and appears to […]


Voice of Industry: How Aronora is developing ‘paradigm-shifting therapies’

Erik I. Tucker

Oregon Bio recently talked with Erik I. Tucker, Ph.D., president and CEO of Aronora, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company developing paradigm-shifting therapies for serious hematologic diseases. Aronora launched and is headquartered in Portland and we recently heard some of Dr. Tucker’s wisdom.

Q. What is Aronora’s mission?
Aronora is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company with a mission to develop safe, paradigm-shifting drugs to treat life-threatening blood diseases. We have three […]


News: Industry collab as Oregon Bio and Onward Eugene announce development partnership to grow jobs and biotech in the Willamette Valley

Industry collab: Oregon Bio and Onward Eugene announce development partnership to grow jobs and biotech in the Willamette Valley

(Dec. 3, 2021)  – More than 100 biotech and life science companies, labs and startups in Lane County  – and those yet to be – are sharing in today’s exciting announcement that  the Oregon Bioscience Association and Onward Eugene are formally partnering to accelerate the growth of the bioscience industry in the region.

Oregon Bioscience Association and Onward Eugene yesterday […]


Voice of Industry: Q&A with Skanska about building the future of healthcare

We recently connected with Skanska USA Building’s Vice President and Account Manager Todd Predmore, an Oregon Bio board member, to discuss how the global construction management company is working in the Pacific Northwest to shape the future of health technology, R&D and care.

Q: What capabilities are needed now to build cutting-edge health and technology facilities in the Pacific Northwest?

A:  Design and construction in the life sciences sector has long been a […]


NEWS: ‘For hire’ signs are out at Pacific NW life science and biotech organizations – virtual career match and hiring event on Nov. 10

(Portland, Ore. – Oct. 27, 2021)   –  Scores of jobs are open in the growing life science and biotech sectors in Oregon and southwest Washington and workers are sought for positions in research and development, engineering, analysis, chemistry, quality assurance/compliance, manufacturing, operations, communications, building and design and more.

The Oregon Bioscience Association has assembled large, small and medium organizations as part of the upcoming virtual career match event on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Participating […]


Monthly bulletin – October, 2021

Click here to read it online. In this issue:

 

Why membership matters: Health plans now available to Oregon Bio members through Mercer Marketplace and BIO Business Solutions
Meet your new BFFs: New companies join Oregon Bio
Absci announces new drug discovery and development partner
Save the date: Nov. 10 – Oregon Bio Fall Career Fair
In review: September’s Makers & [bio] Markers visit with the ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum and upcoming sessions
Oregon Bio Women: Organizing effort launched and Book Club underway
Present your company at BIO […]