Joint initiative to bolster bioscience industry across region announced
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.
“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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