Life Sciences Spokane
We are providing community leadership to create a comprehensive, world-class center of academic health sciences medical education and life sciences research and commercialization industry. Our goal includes a full build out by 2030, and encompasses expanded undergraduate and graduate medical education, health and life sciences research, commercialization, business development, and community health care. This venture has the potential to transform our local economy by building on our community’s largest economic driver – health care.
This venture is the single largest economic development opportunity for our region
It all started with an initiative called VISION 2030, an economic development strategy to create robust health care and life sciences industry growth, projecting an annual economic impact of more than $1.7 billion and over 9,000 jobs for our region by 2030. This initiative led to the development of a focus on building Life Sciences in our community called Life Sciences Spokane. Life Sciences Spokane is led by GSI, in partnership with business, health care, and education sectors, and includes the expansion of world-class undergraduate and graduate medical education, allied health professions, and health and life sciences research and commercialization.
The need for a robust medical and health sciences education system in the Spokane region
Why Spokane? Our region is experiencing a growing shortage of primary care physicians, particularly in rural and underserved areas in eastern Washington. Spokane has all the building blocks for creating a robust medical education and research center. Our region has a dense proximity of six higher education institutions, a unique collaboration between institutions and close proximity to the University District. Life Sciences Spokane serves as a catalyst for new research and commercialization, new employment opportunities, and will spur innovation and startups, grow household income and the health of our community and individuals within our community.
Evergreen Bioscience Innovation
The 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. Our mission is to make Washington State and the Mountain Northwest 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 supply chain which will expand the name recognition and awareness of the contract services provided within our region.
How is GSI leading the comprehensive vision for our region?
As the lead business development organization in the region, GSI has been working for over a decade with community and higher education partners. GSI’s work to advance this initiative includes everything from providing state and federal legislative advocacy for the expansion of medical education, to working to fill the health sciences workforce gap in our community.
- Four-Year Undergraduate Medical Education: Four-year medical education serves as a foundation for an integrated strategy that addresses our region’s shortage of physicians, provides more opportunities for Washington students seeking medical education, and creates the basic infrastructure for realizing full economic impact. The University District is home to both the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, alongside the University of Washington / Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership, WWAMI’s four-year medical school program in Spokane.
- Graduate Medical Education (Residencies): Graduate Medical Education (GME), the required education following graduation of medical school, is the most influential aspect for a physician choosing the place to practice medicine. In order to address our region’s primary care physician shortage, it’s critical to grow the number of resident positions as Spokane’s four-year medical school programs expand.
- Research & Life Sciences Industry Growth: The growth of academic and industry research in health and life sciences and the resulting growth in the life sciences commercial sector with entrepreneurial spin-off opportunities in health care and in other industries, is a critical component of achieving the 2030 economic impact projections.