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It is critical that House & Senate patent litigation reform bills currently under consideration provide a fair mechanism for patent owners to defend their patents and balance the inter partes review (IPR) proceedings by harmonizing PTO standards/processes with those used in court.

The attached letter will be sent to all members of Oregon’s congressional delegation on behalf of Oregon Bioscience Association and individual members. Please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with your permission to list your individual company by Thursday, May 28.

OR Bio 2014-’15 Annual Report: The Thriving Bio Ecosystem

In 2014, Oregon held steady with a 6% net increase in federal grants from several funding sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation.

photo- front page AR 2014-15

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Greater Portland Inc. gives nod to bio’s growth and job creation

Recognizing the industry’s growth and expanding economic impact, Greater 
Portland Inc. put together this 2015 key report showcasing the greater metropolitan 
area’s emerging life science and biotechnology hub.



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Oregon Bio Rocks it Again!

Bio on the Rocks brings together the bioscience community.

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Thanks to everyone who attended Bio on the Rocks and helped make our event a rockin' success.  Don't miss our next networking event - Bio on Tap, coming in July.

Special thanks to our Bio on the Rocks Sponsors!

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News Flash

  • With new facility, Portland medical company predicts growth will follow downsizing

    A year after Welch Allyn Inc. laid off the majority of its Beaverton workforce, the medical device maker held a grand opening celebration for a new facility down the road.

    Welch Allyn on Wednesday celebrated its 100th anniversary with the opening of its new Development & Technology Center. The 34,000 square foot facility is “purpose built” to facilitate design, development and education, said Soundharya Nagasubramanian, director of SW and Systems Architecture.

    It contains five labs co-located with engineers, collaborative rooms and quiet areas for software developers.

    “As simple as it sounds, it’s gone a long way toward helping creativity and improving processes,” said Tom Doherty, vice president of Enterprise Program Management.

    Welch Allyn, which makes patient monitoring systems and vital signs devices, is headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, New York. As recently as 2012, it had 270 jobs in Beaverton.

    It has since dropped to 70, but that number may grow. Welch Allyn recently released a new product called the Connex Spot Monitor.

    “The team here in Beaverton played a big role in the development of that device,” Doherty said. “If you look at our strategy, it revolves around growth. As we look at Beaverton and the new products going into development, we’re going to be part of that growth at Welch Allyn.”

    The new building is located at 9525 S.W. Gemini Dr., half a mile from the old one.


    May 21, 2015
    Elizabeth Hayes
    Portland Business Journal

Bioscience News

  • Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson famously said “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” On Tuesday, the strategy of Oregon anti-GMO groups to convince residents in various counties to approve ballot initiatives banning the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops was dropped to the canvas when the voters of Benton County overwhelming rejected Measure 2-89, the so-called Benton County Local Food Ordinance. Named after U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Read More >

  • This week, Eli Lilly and Company President, Chairman and CEO John Lechleiter refutes five big myths about big pharma in this Forbes opinion piece. He points to these five biggest industry myths as ‘routinely poisoning debates, obscuring genuine problems, and distorting policy recommendations on health care.’ In short (excerpts): Myth #1 Pharmaceutical companies exaggerate the costs of developing new medicines to justify high prices. In fact: The research and development (R&D) expenditures of this industry Read More >

  • Today, the Epilepsy Foundation and a diverse group of more than 90 advocacy organizations submitted a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees urging Congress to maintain a strong and secure patent system that encourages investments in innovative treatments and devices as it considers comprehensive patent reform. Together, our organizations represent millions of individuals waiting for the next breakthrough treatment, and hopefully, cure. Without strong patents, many innovative ideas will not make it from the Read More >

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