Oregon Opportunity

In 2001, the Oregon Legislature approved $200 million for The Oregon Opportunity, a public-private partnership to advance OHSU biomedical research. OHSU then raised an additional $378 million from more than 78,000 donors across our state and beyond.

The combined Oregon Opportunity campaign was a tremendous success, enhancing not just research but all four OHSU missions: healing, teaching, discovery and community service. The synergy among education, research and health care means that increased research benefits education and clinical care by recruiting stronger faculty and students, and by translating research from labs to patient bedsides and into the community.

The Oregon Opportunity had five specific goals, all of which have been met:

  • Bring world-class researchers to OHSU.
  • Add state-of-the-art lab space.
  • Improve our ability to capture the economic value of academic research.
  • Distribute the benefits to Oregonians statewide.
  • More than match the state’s contribution.

The Oregon Secretary of State’s office agreed, reporting in a 2009 audit that OHSU “met or exceeded its specific goals and measurable targets” for the Oregon Opportunity.

And it’s important to note that the Oregon Opportunity will continue to deliver benefits to Oregonians in the future as OHSU attracts additional research funding, commercializes new discoveries, and translates new knowledge to patient care. The Oregon Opportunity created a critical mass of research at OHSU that will provide dividends for years to come.

To learn more, you can read the Secretary of State’s audit or the OHSU Foundation’s summary report on the philanthropic campaign.