News & Reports

Have some news you want to share with the Oregon Bio community?  Fill out our submission form.

Selected researchers and startups win hearts, minds and $$ at Pacific NW life science event

Winning researchers and startup entrepreneurs capture prizes in four categories at Oregon Bio Digital 2020: Amplifying Diversity of Discovery, Access and Economics conference

(Portland, Ore.)  – Winners are now being announced for the Oregon Bioscience Association’s Pitch & Partner 2020 in recognition of local emerging research and successful life science and biotech startups. The pitches and real-time judging occurred at the annual conference’s digital event, Oregon Bio Digital 2020: Amplifying Diversity of Discovery, Access and Economics Conference, which took place in […]

November 24, 2020 |

The region’s life science industry: Accelerating discovery and diversity

Oregon Bio Digital 2020: Amplifying Diversity of Discovery, Access and Economics happens over three half-days Nov. 17, 18, 19 and brings together investors, start-up entrepreneurs, executives, researchers, policymakers and bio-supply chain sector executives #OregonBioDigital

How the Pacific Northwest accelerates and amplifies the growth and diversity of our life science and biotech clusters will be under the microscope at the Oregon Bio Digital 2020: Amplifying Diversity of Discovery, Access and Economics Conference, happening over three half-days November 17, 18 and 19.

Oregon Bio congratulates member AbSci on its receipt of $65 million raise

Synthetic biology startup AbSci raises $65M to expand ‘Protein Printing’ tech

Vancouver, Wash.-based biotech company AbSci raised an additional $65 million to help grow its synthetic biology platform.

The company’s “Protein Printing” technology is used to discover and manufacture complex biological molecules such as antibodies and insulin.

The AbSci platform is composed of two products: SoluPro, a synthetic biology platform based on genetically engineered E. […]

October 26, 2020 |

Emerging bio and lab in Portland IQ named in Top 5 Projects Under Construction by Commercial Property Executive

By Corina Stef

Top 5 Office Projects Under Construction in Portland
Based on Yardi Matrix data, 2.5 million square feet of office space was underway as of October, including the metro’s first biotech facilities and the largest urban asset in a decade.

Portland, Ore., has been diversifying its economy in the past few years, becoming better-positioned to face the coronavirus-generated fallout and uncertainty. According to Yardi Matrix data, the metro’s development pipeline included some 2.5 million square feet of office space […]

Thermo Fisher Scientific : Expects 2020 Revenue to Grow 20%

By Dave Sebastian –

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. executives said the company expects 2020 revenue to grow 20% to about $30.52 billion, its first full-year outlook since it withdrew guidance in April due to Covid-19 uncertainty.

The scientific-equipment and diagnostics company also expects adjusted earnings to rise 48% to $18.27 a share for the year, executives said on a conference call Wednesday.

The estimates are higher than the outlook it put out in late January, when it guided for adjusted earnings […]

US FDA approves Gilead’s antiviral Veklury®(Remdesivir) for treatment of COVID-19

— Veklury Is First and Only FDA-Approved Treatment for COVID-19 in the United States —
— Veklury Shortened Time to Recovery By Five Days in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients —

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) announced on Oct. 22 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the antiviral drug Veklury® (remdesivir) for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. As an antiviral drug, Veklury works to stop replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Previously authorized by the […]

Covid drives historic demand for life sciences real estate and these REITs, report says


All the fundamentals are aligning for the life sciences industry, as Covid-19 accelerates already growing demand for real estate in the sector.

Rents are rising for lab space, vacancies are plunging and research and development, and employment and new development are expanding further, thanks to strong venture capital investment.

In the top life sciences markets there’s currently about 13.9 million square feet of space under construction, but active tenant demand is outpacing that, running at about 14.7 million square feet, according […]

October 13, 2020 |

Get discovered – Calling bio researchers and entrepreneurs to pitch, apply by October 7th

The Oregon Bioscience Association invites high school through post-doctoral researchers as well as bio entrepreneurs leading early- and later-stage startups from Oregon and Southwest Washington to compete in Oregon Bio’s expanded pitch events. Scientists and companies in the areas of biopharma, medical device, diagnostics and digital health are eligible. Entrants are asked to show how their work/intel explores a current bio-problem and what solutional, transformative approach they’ve derived. The categories are:

Sign of things to come at Knight Campus

UO researcher’s work drives launch of spin-off, Penderia Technologies

By Matt Sayre, Contributor, The Register-Guard

The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is not scheduled to open officially until this fall; however, there are early indicators that it could have an outsized local economic impact, as well as a broader scientific one.

Once fully staffed, the Knight Campus will be home to about 300 full-time research staff members, 250 graduate students, 150 post-doctoral researchers and 150 undergraduates.

Keat Ghee Ong, Ph.D., […]

August 7, 2020 |