OBI & OTRADI April 2019 Newsletter

Oregon Bioscience Incubator Names Heather Ellis as Assistant Director

The Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) is proud to announce that our previous Community Coordinator, Heather Ellis, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Director of the OBI.  Heather joined the OBI in the Fall of 2017 and has excelled at implementing our entrepreneurial programs, including OBI’s monthly Lunch and Learn events, Accelerate Bio and Digital Health monthly happy hours, SBIR grant writing workshops, startup company outreach and promoting partner events across the State’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

In her new role as OBI Assistant Director, Heather will be spearheading OBI’s newest initiatives, developing entrepreneurial programs, growing OBI’s partnerships and collaborations, participating on the Portland Innovation Quadrant’s startup resources work group, growing OBI’s digital and marketing presence, as well as developing programs, workshops and events designed to grow Oregon’s startup bioscience and digital health ecosystem.

Ms. Ellis graduated from Portland State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree with minors in Business and Communications.

OBI Client Company Wins

OBI BioMentor Highlight

OBI offers an extensive BioMentor program to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science and digital health entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. This month we are highlighting Lisa Wernli-Hunt, Owner of Hunt Accounting Services and Accountant/Controller at Acumen Financial.

As a BioMentor, Lisa can advise on basic bookkeeping services, GAAP-based financial statements and preparation for audits or tax return filings.
Click here to learn more about our BioMentor program and to see our network of BioMentor contacts.

To connect with BioMentors, please fill out this form.

New client company, Rewire Neuroscience, joined the OBI in April!

Rewire Neuroscience is a Portland startup focused on empowering the future of biomedical research by providing intelligent research tools that are powerful and affordable. They offer an array of laboratory equipment and analytics software, ranging from real-time freezer power monitoring to artificial intelligence for analyzing biomedical images.


Join us for these upcoming OBI and OBI-Partner events:

Partner Event: TechfestNW will be April 4-5th. Register now. $99-$275.



Partner Event: Science Talk ’19 will be April 4-5th. Register now. $125-$300.


Partner Event: SoPE will be hosting their next meeting on April 11, 6-7:30PM. Register now. Free to attend.


OBI, OCTRI, and TTBD Workshop: All About the SBIR Grant Process – An Inside Perspective will be April 12th from 9am-1pm. Apply now.


Partner Event: Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest is hosting their Power of the Purse Gala on April 12th. Register now. $200 and up.


Partner Event: Cambia Grove is hosting a TRAILS Competition. Apply now; applications are due by April 14th.


Partner Event: Technology Association of Oregon is hosting their 2019 Oregon Technology Awards on April 17th from 5 – 9PM. Register now. $150-$2,400.


Partner Event: Oregon Science Startup Forum is on April 20th. Register now. $30-$60.


OBI Event: Join us for a Workshop on Sales and Marketing – Sales Strategy from a Company Planning Standpoint on April 24th from 10AM – 4PMRegister now. $35 to attend.