TAC Transportation Inc. of Bend, which operates the High Desert Point bus service from Chemult to Redmond, started daily bus service between Bend and Eugene on June 1 as part of its Eastern Point, east-west, route, which includes stops in Brothers, Burns, Ontario and locations in between.

TAC bought the route and two buses from Porter Stage Lines of Coos Bay, TAC co-owner Jason Higham said. Tickets for the Bend-Eugene route cost $31 one way or $60 round trip, according to the fare schedule. A trip from Sisters to Eugene costs $29 one way or $56 round trip. For more information, visit www .highdesert-point.com. Bend Research adds partner

The pharmaceutical-technology developer Bend Research Inc. will work with a New Jersey company to quickly manufacture oral controlled-release drugs on a large scale, according to a news release. The partnering company, Catalent Pharma Solutions Inc., is based in Somerset, N.J., and employs more than 9,000 people worldwide.