With Hundreds of Bio Industry Jobs Open and Company Expansions Underway, Companies Are Investing in Industry-Intensive Training and Professional Development

With large company expansions such as Micro Systems Engineering’s upcoming Lake Oswego-area advanced automated manufacturing expansion, Genentech’s Hillsboro Individualized Therapies facility, Bend’s Lonza expansion to build out new suites for the development and clinical manufacturing of drug product intermediates and drug products and cGMP, Eugene’s Cascade Chemistry’s construction to increase cGMP manufacturing capacity, and the arrival of Twist Bioscience’s ‘Factory of the Future’ soon breaking ground in Wilsonville, a surge of open jobs has bio innovation and manufacturing companies in need of skilled workers.

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Oregon Bio has tooled up its educational curriculum under the BioPro umbrella as it partners with company members to upskill employees in a broad-based practical curriculum including industry-based education such as data analysis, intensive Six Sigma yellow and green belt programs, failure mode analysis, project management, FDA compliance and regulatory training and 80+-hour certificates in Quality Assurance and Medical Device Foundations. Class participants are employees in the bioscience and advanced manufacturing, as well as participants who are dislocated or looking to grow their expertise for an advanced career.

Company partners Biotronik and Micro Systems Engineering (MSEI) together host a large campus in Lake Oswego with more than 550 employees to innovate and manufacture life-sustaining implants for cardiac, neuro and vascular diseases. The global company implements BioPro training and skills education efforts. Says Juergen Lindner, General Manager of Biotronik/MSEI, “About 80 percent of our talented employees benefit from various levels of STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). We also continue to invest substantially in employee training initiatives and pro dev programs.”

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He adds, “Specifically, for the past 15 years, Biotronik/MSEI has sponsored the highly successful BioPro training programs run by Oregon Bio. These programs alone have provided industry-specific skills to hundreds of our employees. Biotronik is proud to be an early adopter of the full BioPro curriculum.”

While the current curriculum catalogue includes all online learning, key in-person training will also re-launch across the region. Companies can also customize the BioPro class offerings as needed. Class registrants do not need to be a member of Oregon Bio to enroll.

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