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Join us as Oregon Bio and Bend Chamber team up for our first joint in-person event since early 2019.  Our evening will include open networking, panelists from the Central Oregon bioscience industry, and an introduction to the just released 2022 Economic Impact Report from the Oregon Bioscience Association.



Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with reception | Program starts 5:30 p.m.


Program includes:

Oregon’s Bio Boom Liisa Bozinovic, Executive Director, Oregon Bioscience Association

The comprehensive 2022 Economic Impact Report, shows Oregon’s biotechnology and life science sector in 2020 exhibited pandemic-ready and recession resilience. Significant and measured gains in almost every indicator and sector reveal total impacts (comprising direct, indirect and induced impacts) show $15.6 billion in output, $5 billion in income and nearly 66,000 jobs statewide. The commercial or ‘private’ bioscience combined with the life science research generated $1.7 billion in local, state, and federal taxes and fees.  Liisa Bozinovic presents a brief overview with an emphasis on Central Oregon.


Panel: The next phase for Central Oregon bioscience?

Bioscience firms continue to thrive and expand in Central Oregon – further diversifying the region’s economy.  Educational related investments like the newly minted Edward J. Ray Hall and the upcoming Innovation District at OSU Cascades, signal a new phase for Bend’s science-based infrastructure. What other factors will generate new bioscience activity in the area?  How can Bend leverage its strength to grow the life sciences sector in coming years?


Christine Pollard, Ph.D., Professor and Founding Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, OSU-Cascades


 Beverages will be provided, including beer from Deschutes Brewery and cider from AVID Cider, as well as appetizers from OSU-Cascades.

Venue: Recently completed OSU Cascades Edward J. Ray Hall is a $49 million investment designed to support the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.  The 50,000 square foot building is climate controlled through sustainable geothermal energy and is the first in Central Oregon to be fully constructed using mass timber.


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$35.00 Oregon Bio members
$45.00 Non Oregon Bio members
$45.00 At the door – subject to availability

Free onsite parking is available at the OSU-Cascades Campus.

For group tickets or volunteer opportunities please contact Julie Black.




July 19, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$35.00 – $45.00
Event Category:


Oregon Bio Events


Ed Ray Hall – OSU Cascades
1500 SW Chandler Ave.
Bend, OR 97702 United States
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