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Joint initiative to bolster bioscience industry across region announced

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A new partnership intended to boost the bioscience industry across the Willamette Valley was formally announced this week.

Two organizations, Onward Eugene and the Oregon Bioscience Association, have jointly formed a Memo of Understanding that will promote further job growth in bioscience.

Liisa Bozinovic, executive director of the Oregon Bioscience Association told KLCC that recent investments in the University of Oregon’s science facilities are a strong economic indicator for the industry.

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Matt Sayre (left), managing director of Onward Eugene, and Liisa Bozinovic, executive director of Oregon Bioscience Association (right).

“So the opportunity for some of these technologies to spin out of the Knight Campus and stay in Eugene is an area of interest that we’ll be working on through this partnership," said Bozinovic. "And then also recruiting new high-wage companies into the region.”

Over 100 biotech and life science companies and startups in Lane County are represented in the MOU. In a release, the organizations say the average annual wage for a private sector bioscience job was more than $70,000.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.