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Genentech expands in Oregon

October 16,2018 | By Anna Marum

Genentech expands in Oregon
The new Portland office space is expected to employ 300.
Greater Portland Inc, Business Oregon and Prosper Portland are pleased to welcome Genentech’s continued growth in the Greater Portland region as the company announces its new location in Portland for its Access Solutions team members.
“Genentech’s choice of Oregon for this expansion reflects Oregon’s talented workforce, our competitive business climate, and our ability to work in partnership with the business community,” said Oregon Governor Kate Brown. “We’ve been working closely with Genentech since its first facility opened here. It is a shining example of my long-term approach to business development. We don’t just bring companies here and walk away, we are partners for the long haul to build a talented workforce and prosperous communities. We are proud to have this company invest in Oregon and help bring jobs to our state.”

Hillsboro is currently home to Genentech’s Hillsboro Technical Operations facility, a state-of-the-art fill/finish facility and a warehouse and distribution center that just celebrated its 10-year anniversary.

The Genentech Access Solutions team plays an important role in helping people get the Genentech medicines they are prescribed. Access Solutions specialists are dedicated to helping patients understand their insurance, providing copay assistance or support when a payer denies coverage, as well as providing free medicines to people who meet certain financial criteria. They will be closely integrated with the existing team at Genentech’s South San Francisco headquarters.

The new office space will be located in Portland’s rapidly evolving Lloyd District, and is expected to employ 300. Read more about the project here.
“I’m very pleased to welcome a company that’s committed to hiring a diverse workforce, building new career pathways,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “I look forward to partnering with Genentech in our ongoing efforts to build an equitable economy.”
Business Oregon is using its Business Expansion Program with Genentech, accessible to companies meeting certain wage and job creation requirements who seek to begin or expand operations within the state.
Business Oregon, Greater Portland Inc and Prosper Portland have been working together on the project with Genentech as the company explored different options to open a new office in Portland.
“Genentech’s decision to double down on its investment in Greater Portland and add a new location in Portland is proof our region is an ideal growth market for global firms,” said Janet LaBar, president and CEO of Greater Portland Inc. “A competitive cost of doing business and livability attracts the world’s industry leaders, and we’re thrilled to welcome Genentech’s growth and employees to our region.”
Our region has long proven an advantageous expansion location for California companies looking to move or open a second office. Genentech is joining California companies Coinbase, Expensify, Salesforce, Airbnb, SurveyMonkey, Autodesk, Jive, Aruba Networks, Mercari, New Relic, Intel, Apple, Yahoo, Google and eBay in making a significant investment in our region. 

Greater Portland Inc provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland, a region that spans two states and seven counties. A true public-private partnership model, Greater Portland Inc is supported by more than 70 public-sector partners and private investors who are committed to advancing regional economic development through job growth and investment. Greater Portland Inc and partners shape the region’s economic future and market the region to the world. Learn more at greaterportlandinc.com.

Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy. The agency's services span rural community development and infrastructure financing; business retention, expansion and recruitment; export promotion and international trade; investments in industry research and development and entrepreneurship; small business assistance; and support for arts and cultural organizations. Learn more at www.oregon4biz.com.

Prosper Portland creates economic growth and opportunity for Portland. Our vision is to make Portland one of the most globally competitive, healthy, and equitable cities in the world by investing in job creation, encouraging broad economic prosperity, and fostering great places throughout the city. We aspire to be a workplace of choice with passionate staff excelling in an open and empowering environment and sharing a commitment to our collective success. Learn more at prosperportland.us.

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