Bio on the Rocks – Hillsboro, Oregon – April 6

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The weather forecast is shaping up nicely for our upcoming event at the Octagonal Barn and outdoor barnyard at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse. Partly cloudy skies and moderate temperatures will facilitate floating indoors and out. We hope to see everyone for our program and networking event. Please note: Oregon Bio is requiring all attendees to provide proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event.  Find ticket sales at the bottom of this page.

Reception: 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Program: 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
Networking: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Program: Helpful and transparent public policy makes a huge difference in our local bio ecosystem, whether it’s focused on creating a bio-business friendly economy, paving the way for companies to come or expand here in the Pacific Northwest, protecting intellectual property and product access, helping to shape compliance and regulatory requirements for current and emerging technologies, and supporting/creating enterprise funding opps.


Liisa Bozinovic, Oregon Bio Executive Director will preview our soon-to-be-released economic impact report that quantifies biotech and life sciences research growth through the pandemic, with 2020 data showing an increase in jobs, wages, number of firms, and more.



Rocky Dallum, Oregon Bio’s Government and Advocacy consultant (and partner with the local firm Tonkon Torp) will share his take on how the recently concluded Oregon 2022 short legislative session impacted our bioscience technology sector.




Tim Layton, director of State Government Affairs at Genentech will host a panel discussion with bio-entrepreneurs David A. Katz, Ph.D., founder and CSO of Sparrow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Erik I. Tucker, Ph.D., president and CEO of Aronora, Inc., along with Oregon Bio staff and board members. We’ll share forward looking views of the thriving Oregon bioscience sector, and exchange ideas how our state can do even better.

Tim Layton
Director, State Government Affairs
Genentech, Inc.



David A. Katz, Ph.D.
Founder and CSO
Sparrow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



Erik I. Tucker, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Aronora, Inc.



About the venue: McMenamins purchased their Cornelius Pass Roadhouse in the 1980s and restored many of the old structures of the Imbrie family farm, including the Octagonal Barn, originally constructed at the beginning of the 20th century.  And while McMenamins is widely known for its in-house beer, they produce a wide range of hard spirits as well.  In fact, McMenamins Frank Rum is distilled in a shed a stone’s throw away from the barn.  Whether your tastes lean toward beer, wine, spirits or a non-alcoholic beverage, you’ll be able to enjoy the sip of your choice.


In an effort to ensure safety for our attendees and staff, Oregon Bio will be requiring attendees to show EITHER proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to the event. By registering for the in-person portion of the event you are agreeing to these terms.

Registration Information (order tickets below)

Early-Bird online price for Oregon Bio Members/Students: $35
Regular online price for Oregon Bio Members/Students: $55
Non Oregon Bio Member online price: $70

At the door in-person Oregon Bio Members/Students: $ 75
At the door in-person Non Oregon Bio Members: $ 95

THE FINE PRINT: This is 21+ event. Please check the website prior to the event to see if tickets are available at the door. Students must show Student ID at registration. Oregon Bio does not offer refunds for events, however we can transfer tickets to another person prior to the event. Transfers must be received 24 hours prior to the event.



April 6, 2022
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$35.00 – $70.00
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McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
4045 NE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97214 United States
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