Portland IQ Partner: Oregon Bioscience Association
Innovation requires support, even in burgeoning industries. And nowhere is that more true than bioscience in Oregon and Portland in particular. From new and better therapies for cancer and heart disease to improvements in wound care and drug delivery methods to the use of artificial intelligence to advance precision medicine, Oregon companies are at the forefront of innovation. Considering Oregon’s renowned academic and research institutions along with recent significant investments in the state. And these trends are only expected to accelerate.
That’s where Portland IQ partner the Oregon Bioscience Association comes in.
Originally founded as a member-based nonprofit in 1989 by a consortium of universities, public officials, Oregon Bio was created by educators and bioscience executives to cultivate a regionally synergistic climate in which to build a bioscience community. Today, Oregon Bio supports the regional bioscience community through networking, workforce development, educational programs, enterprise support, advocacy and the promotion of research collaborations.
The collective voice for the entire Oregon bioscience community, Oregon Bio tracks the industry’s economic impact, issues, and challenges informing the elected officials at all levels, educational institutions, and the general public.
What sort of impact? Oregon’s 800+ life sciences companies and leading academic and research institutions contributed $6.5 billion to Oregon’s economy in 2017. The aggregate workforce numbers more than 19,000 employees. With $3.9 billion in exports, bioscience brings new money to the state.
Oregon Bio promotes this growth and continually seeks ways to accelerate growth in the life science, bioscience, biotechnology, and device manufacturing sectors. And the organization is always looking for new and interesting opportunities to lower operational costs and promote partnering, so members can achieve their scientific, economic, and social potential.