(SPOKANE, Wash.) – Greater Spokane Inc. has announced the confirmation of Katrina Rogers as the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Evergreen Bioscience Innovation Cluster. Katrina is a change expert with more than 25 years of experience in the discovery, development, and manufacture of medicines and related technology. She brings expertise in planning and strategy, operations and outsourcing, and leadership and development to this role.
Evergreen Bioscience Innovation Cluster is part of Washington’s Innovation Cluster Accelerator and is led by Greater Spokane Inc. in partnership with SP3NW. A portion of this work is supported by a $15 million CARES Act investment by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). Innovation cluster programs worldwide served as a blueprint for Washington’s accelerator strategy, including Canada’s Superclusters Initiative and the Norwegian Innovation Clusters.
About the Evergreen Bioscience Innovation
Evergreen Bioscience Innovation (Evergreen Bio) is a corporate industry-led, member-based organization that includes partners from the five economic segments of government, capital, academics, entrepreneur, and corporate. The mission of Evergreen Bio is to make the Mountain Northwest and Washington State a magnet for companies providing and consuming expert life and health science contract research, contract development, and contract manufacturing services of medicines and medical devices, by enhancing workforce development and services to pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Evergreen Bio’s purpose is to develop and promote collaborative relationships facilitating regional business growth by prioritizing and assisting in funding projects that increase our collective value as an integrated biosciences supply chain, which will expand name recognition and awareness of contract services provided within our region.
About Greater Spokane Inc.
Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI) is the Spokane region’s business development organization. GSI creates the place where organizations come together to advocate for the region, drive strategic economic growth, and champion a talented workforce. GSI is funded through a combination of private and public investment, including over 800 private-sector members; Spokane County; Washington State Department of Commerce; and the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Deer Park, Liberty Lake, Airway Heights, Medical Lake, Millwood, Newport, and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. For more information visit GreaterSpokane.org.
About SP3NW and the FIRE grant programs
SP3NW is an early-stage, life sciences incubator located in the University District of Spokane. In alignment with the land grant mission of WSU, SP3NW supports the bench-to-business, and business-to-consumer paradigm. Through the four programs of our EDA-supported Flexible Infrastructure for Resilient Entrepreneurship (FIRE), we help to grow companies with innovative new products across Washington, Idaho, and Montana. For more information visit sp3nw.org.