OBI & OTRADI May 2018 Newsletter

The Portland Innovation Quadrant (Portland IQ), which leverages science, health, technology, and talent to create economic growth and opportunity for the entire Portland metro region, was officially launched at TechfestNW in April 2018. OTRADI and the Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) have been working with public and private partners over the past year to make the Portland IQ vision a reality. The Portland IQ not only serves as the center of gravity for Portland’s innovation ecosystem, but will also become home to Portland’s newest bio building.

Portland’s biotech community finally gets its wish: a new lab-office building in the growing Portland IQ hub.

Jennifer Fox, Executive Director of OTRADI/OBI, and Denise McCarty, Executive Director of the Oregon Bioscience Association, represented Oregon and promoted more robust funding for scientific research and STEAM education, during the national Bio Fly-In Event in Washington DC. Ten meetings with 10 Senators and Representatives in 8 hous = 5 miles of walking and 1 ride on the Senate subway. #BioFlyIn #PortlandIQ #OTRADIBio

Join us for these OBI events in May:

 OBI, OCTRI, and OHSU’s TTBD are collaborating to host a Peer Entrepreneur Forum on May 8th where our distinguished panelists will discuss their transition from scientist/clinician to entrepreneur. Register now.


The OBI, in partnership with FutureBrand Speck, will be hosting a Lunch & Learn entitled Forget Me Not – Why Customer Research Matters on May 24th. Register now to attend.


As part of our Ater Wynne Lunch & Learn Series, the OBI will be hosting a discussion of Going Global for Technology Companies on May 30th, led by Akana Ma. Register now to attend.

SAVE THE DATE – SBIR Road Tour Oregon on July 17, 2018

The SBIR/STTR Road Tour – Oregon will be a 1-day live event on July 17, 2018 located at Portland State University. It will provide an exceptional opportunity for small businesses and those supporting them to meet directly with over 25 program managers from the 12 Federal agencies with SBIR/STTR Programs, as well as USPTO and SBA. Stay tuned for more information.

The OBI welcomed two new client companies in the past quarter: