OBI & OTRADI July/August 2019 Newsletter

Best Wishes to OBI/OTRADI’s Executive Director, Jennifer Fox, in her new position as Autodesk’s Director and Chief of Staff

“The last eleven years at OTRADI and the OBI have been the most exciting and professionally rewarding time of my career. I am immensely proud of the work that we have been able to accomplish — opening Oregon’s first bio-focused startup incubator and growing Oregon’s bioscience and digital health startup sector. While I hate to leave OTRADI/OBI, in July 2019, I accepted a position in Portland with Autodesk as a Director and Chief of Staff.

While my new role is a fantastic opportunity that promises to be exciting and challenging, it was very difficult for me to leave our outstanding team, organization and the OBI community. Autodesk is a leader in working with innovators, makers, engineers and community builders, which is why it will be a wonderful next step for me. Moving forward, I will continue to be an active member of the bio and digital health community here in Oregon. I remain incredibly excited to continue to see the phenomenal growth of bioscience startups and health and wellness innovators across Oregon.

I look forward to seeing you all again in the near future.”

-Jennifer Fox, Ph.D

OBI/OTRADI names Heather Ellis as Interim Director

OBI/OTRADI’s board of directors has named Heather Ellis as Interim Director. Heather has been with OBI/OTRADI for the past two years and has most recently served as our Assistant Director. She is well-informed, passionate about incubation and a wonderful contributor to our community. 

We are committed to supporting a smooth transition, and we have outstanding staff and board of directors that are committed and dedicated to supporting bio-entrepreneurs at the OBI and across Oregon. 

Aditi Martin to lead new OHSU Collaborations and Entrepreneurship Office

OBI’s close partner, Aditi Martin, has be crucial to the entrepreneurial community, OHSU partnerships and business development since 2015. She will now serve OHSU as Senior Director of Collaborations and Entrepreneurship, a position designed to encourage the development of OHSU innovations.

Click here to see the full story on OHSU’s Research News.

OBI Client Company Wins


New OBI Client Company Resource

OBI Client Companies now have access to a recording of a 3 hour SBIR Workshop “All About the SBIR Grant Process: An Insider’s Perspective” with Dr. O’Halloran. This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant process, with emphasis on how to get funded. 

Note: This is a resource for internal OBI Client Companies or OBI Alumni only. If you are an OBI Client or Alumni and would like access to this webinar, email Heather Ellis at for access.

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

Partner Event: Oregon Bioscience Association is hosting a Finance Skills for Non-Finance People workshop on August 1 & 2. Register now. $625-$775 to attend.

Partner Event: OTBC, OEN TiE and Ater Wynne are partnering on an online series “How Early Stage Startup Funding Works.” The next topic will discuss How the Pre-Money SAFE and Post-Money SAFE Work on August 6th from 12-1pm. Register now. Free to attend this webinar.

OBI Event: Join us for a Lunch & Learn on Executive Profile Building to Build Opportunities with Eric Schudiske on August 29th from 12-1pm. Register now. Free to attend.

OBI Event: Join us for our Accelerate Biotech & Digital Health Happy Hour on September 5th from 5:30-7pm at OBI/OTRADI. Register now. Free to attend.

Partner Event: VertueLab is hosting their Impact Summit 2019 on September 13th. They are also hosting a Funding Startups Lunch with SBIR Grants and Other Funding Options at 12pm. Register now. $10-$125 to attend.

Partner Event: OCTRI is now accepting applications for BIP Corp, 4-week experiential course. BIP Corp runes October 4 – November 1. Applications are due September 20th. Apply now.

Partner Event: The 16th Annual Bend Venture Conference will be October 17th & 18th in Bend, OR. Register now. $135-$329 to attend.