Knight Cancer Challenge: Oregon’s Next Big Opportunity
Oregon Health & Science University received a commitment of $200 million in capital bonding from the state legislature to support new infrastructure for transformational cancer research and clinical trial space in two buildings on the South Waterfront campus. The state support contributes to the OHSU Cancer Challenge and helps create new health care opportunities for Oregonians across the state, in addition to short and long-term economic benefits for the region.
Improving the health of Oregonians
The OHSU cancer challenge is a $1.2 billion total investment that will revolutionize cancer treatment by building upon the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s pioneering work in personalized medicine to develop next generation tests and technologies for early detection. The institute will continue to share this expertise through its existing clinical, research and other collaborations with communities statewide, such as Astoria, Salem, Roseburg, Corvallis, Medford, Coos Bay, Bend and The Dalles. The institute will make significant new investments in statewide cancer outreach by funding new prevention, education, research and screening initiatives focusing on rural and underserved populations.
Creating a Cancer-Curing Economy
The statewide impact of this public-private partnership is significant, supporting increased traded sector activity, hundreds of permanent family-wage jobs and thousands more jobs during construction. This investment will also create a new center for economic activity in biomedical research and technology, resulting in immediate jobs and long-term industry growth.