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University of Oregon Opens New Biotech Campus

The University of Oregon has officially opened the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, a new biotech campus to spur scientific discovery and research.

The campus was funded by a $500 million lead gift from alumni and Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny.

“This marks a transformational moment in our university’s 144-year history,” UO President Dr. Michael H. Schill said. “The Knight Campus builds upon our proud history of exceptional basic science and immediately broadens and deepens our impact to encompass applied science and engineering.”

The Knight Campus seeks to accelerate the time required from “discovery to deployment,” structuring its labs to be conducive to collaboration.

The campus will offer graduate students a graduate internship program and a doctoral program in bioengineering, in partnership with Oregon State University.

The internship offers an accelerated master’s degree, with a nine-month internship.

The campus’s Undergraduate Scholars Program will also offer undergraduate students the chance to get involved.