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Grant-supported interns available for your company

Oregon Bio is excited to partner with OHSU and OSU to connect member companies with qualified interns.

We will help match your needs to highly motivated and qualified undergraduate and graduate level interns from OSU and OHSU. Timing for Ph.D. students can be flexible, by mutual arrangement.

For more information, please contact Lynn Ekstedt, lynn.ekstedt@oregonstate.edu

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Oregon Bio Annual Conference 2016: The Bioscience Landscape

Take advantage of Early Bird Registration, and save up to $120 ($170 compared to at-door prices)! Early Bird Registration ends October 7.

This year’s two-day annual conference features an opening day dedicated to connecting bio-partners, investors and tomorrow’s leaders with Oregon’s best bioscience research and emerging companies. Day One conference attendees have the opportunity to immerse themselves in breakout sessions ranging from our classic Company Pitch Showcase, sponsored by OTRADI, to panels on finance, innovation and the real-life impact our industry has on the lives of Oregonians.

Day Two focuses on the opportunities and challenges facing the Oregon bioscience community. As awareness of our industry’s economic impact—17,874 jobs and $1.3 billion in total wages—gains statewide attention, the challenges and rewards of supporting both the infrastructure and workforce are showcased.

Bioscience in Oregon now at $10.3 billion statewide impact

The release of the fourth economic impact study documents continued growth in employment, wages and overall economic activity that ripple through every sector of Oregon. The report’s Executive Summary can be downloaded at https://www.oregonbio.org/bio-in-oregon/resources/.

(Portland, Ore.) – Oregon’s biotechnology and life science sector continues its steady and significant growth.

The new economic impact study shows bioscience in Oregon generates high-paying jobs, while bringing new money to the state through domestic and international exports. In 2014, the direct economic activity associated with Oregon’s bioscience industry includes:

  • 17,874 jobs and $1.3 billion in total wages,
  • An average annual wage of $74,188, which is 62 percent greater than the statewide average wage for private sector employment,
  • $3.8 billion in exports, and
  • $171.5 million in state and local taxes paid by bioscience firms and their employees.

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Between 2002 and 2014, employment in bioscience increased by 68 percent (an addition of 6,000 jobs), compared to a 10 percent increase in all private sector employment in Oregon. In addition, average annual wages (nominal) increased by 56 percent over the same time period, compared to a 39 percent increase statewide. Also of note, the report found that almost half of the Oregon’s bioscience firms were located outside Portland. And, […]

Oregon’s biotech industry stirs

UbiVac, a Providence Cancer Center spinoff pursuing cutting-edge immunotherapy research, reached a crossroads in late 2015.

The 10-year-old biotech company was planning a 300-patient study for its cancer therapies and needed a pharmaceutical partner or investors. And it had outgrown its quarters within the Northeast Portland cancer research center.

Bernie Fox, UbiVac’s co-founder and CEO, wanted to stay in Portland, but lab space is tough to come by. He scoped out properties in San Diego and San Francisco, two of the country’s premier biotech hubs. Venture capital investors even joined him on the tours.

Then Dennis McNannay, executive director of the Oregon Bioscience Association, got wind of UbiVac’s possible departure.

The next thing Fox knew, Gov. Kate Brown was calling his cell phone, followed by state Sen. Ginny Burdick, Rep. Margaret Doherty of Tigard, Metro Council President Tom Hughes and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, urging him to stay in Portland.

As it turned out, another biotech company was set to exit an existing lab facility in Southwest Portland. After a series of meetings over the holidays and some intervention by a key business leader, UbiVac was able to secure the lab space, where it now plans to expand 10 fold.

“A few more months (to […]

Oregon Bio Launches Search for Executive Director

Press Release

The Oregon Bioscience Association (Oregon Bio), Oregon’s only trade association that advances the creation and advancement of biotechnology and the life sciences, has launched its Executive Director search.

Oregon Bio is the leading voice for Oregon’s bioscience industry. Our mission is to cultivate a thriving bioscience ecosystem in Oregon. We achieve this mission through advocacy, member support, energizing business formation and expansion, targeted workforce training and networking. Our members include a broad range of organizations and entrepreneurs involved in research, commercialization and advanced manufacturing of life science technologies.

The successful candidate for this high-profile position will be well versed in the strategy and objectives needed to create ongoing economic opportunities for Oregon’s 800-plus life science companies and service providers. These comprise device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, biotech firms, bio-agricultural and environmental firms, and channel vendors, as well as the state’s universities, hospitals, and research institutions.

Oregon Bio’s board and community members serve on the search committee, which is tasked with identifying established, regional leaders with strengths in fiscal management and operations; regional economic development policy and advocacy; membership acquisition and maintenance; and program management. Inquiries and resumes can be sent to exec_recruit@oregonbio.org.

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